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Outside Xbox is a website and YouTube channel hosted by Mike Channell, Jane Douglas, and Andy Farrant with video editing by James Hills and produced by Jon Garnham. The hosts cover primarily Xbox 360 and Xbox One games and create list features, a weekly show called "Show of the Week," and Let's Play videos, as well as occasional videos on game previews, snippets of gameplay, tips, guides, and achievements.

It has two spinoff channels, one named Outside Xtra, which allows the cast to discuss gaming topics that aren't necessarily relevant to Xbox games, and is presented by Ellen Rose and Luke Westaway. The second OxShorts is a channel where the crew upload Behind-the-scenes shenanigans (such as delving into their backrooms and showing off what they find), released in one-minute-long videos to accommodate for Youtube Shorts.

In 2017, as part of the celebrations for Outside Xbox achieving two million subscribers, the two channels joined together to play a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, as frequently requested by subscribers, with then-Eurogamer contributor Johnny Chiodini acting as the Dungeon Master. This proved very popular with the viewers and has become something of an infrequent recurring feature. Each of the campaigns revolve around the misadventures of a party of adventurers known as the "Oxventurers", who are usually searching for nothing more than a nice little holiday but instead end up becoming embroiled in a series of quests resulting in curses, treasure and a terrifyingly high amount of bloodshed. The "Oxventurers" are:


The Oxventurers released a charity single in the Christmas season of 2019, with proceeds going to the mental health charity Mind. You can watch the video here, and donate to the cause here, if you're so inclined. The Oxventure takes place in the Kingdom of G'eth, much like the Eurogamer campaign The Break Quest Club, leading to speculation of a shared universe.

In 2021, the Oxventure expanded into Oxventure Presents Blades in the Dark, with Luke in the GM seat and the other five as players. The campaign is set in G'eth, but a few centuries in the future and with a Darker and Edgier feel (though still plenty of humour).

Tropes specific to the campaigns are found at the bottom of the page.

See also PlayStation Access, a similar show, also UK based, but focusing on the PlayStation line. (Outside Xbox was initially founded by Xbox as a rival to Playstation Access, but Outside Xbox split away from Xbox and got bought by Eurogamer, and the two channels no longer operate as direct competitors, getting along rather well.)

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  • '80s Hair: Parodied in a Show of the Week discussing 80s-themed Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, with a VHS tape of an 80s-era Outside Xbox episode. Yes, before the Xbox was released. Jane's hair is blonde and makes her look like the main singer of Kajagoogoo.
  • '90s Hair: During COVID-19 quarantine, Luke could not go to the hairdresser and therefore grew his hair out, swapping his short-back-and-sides hairdo for a longer set of shaggy curtains that would not have looked amiss on a Backstreet Boy. It was generally considered to be a good look, and remained until mid-2021, at which point he returned to his former quiff.
  • Accidental Misnaming: In the video introducing the hosts of Outside Xtra, they jokingly misname Mike as "Mick".
  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • Mike blowing up "The Chef" Elusive Target in Hitman with a Remote Explosive Duck, and somehow only killing the chef, not harming his entourage, and being able to walk away without being noticed. This coming from a person who not even a few seconds earlier, struggled to work out the inventory controls for equipping the Explosive Duck.
    Andy: Man, this is bull-Sound-Effect Bleep, how do I walk around the level and make all these plans and you just throw a duck at someone.
    Mike: I knew my playstyle would finally... pay off Once. And this is it!
    • He does it again in the Dartmoor level of Hitman 3, where he got a Silent Assassin rating and five stars, despite having almost no idea what he was doing and firing a shotgun blast in Alexa's office to drop the chandelier on her.
  • Acting Unnatural: When his character is in disguise in games like Hitman and Grand Theft Auto Online, Andy will often keep up a running commentary of his character's awkward attempts to interact innocently with other characters.
  • Agent Mulder: Discussed during an Halloween livestream, when Luke decided to dress as Mulder for a costume.
    Andy: What's going to happen is all of the aliens will leave and then five minutes later, Scully walks in.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: invokedIn the Mario franchise, Luigi is a Shell-Shocked Veteran and Peach is a sadistic tyrant. And let's not even get started on Ninji's whole situation.
  • Angrish: When a Sentret flees in the Pokémon GO Generation 2 catch race, Ellen stomps off muttering furious gibberish.
  • Animal Motifs: Luke is associated with birds: he has a particular expression that Ellen calls his "angry owl face," and has made a Running Gag out of flamingos. Ellen herself is often associated with cats (and occasionally geese).
  • Apologetic Attacker: Both Jane and Mike apologise profusely as they kill the infected victims in Hitman (2016): Patient Zero.
  • April Fools' Day: The 2017 April 1st episode of Outside Xtra's "Show of the Weekend" began with a prank that revealed that the whole 'second channel' thing was itself apparently just an elaborate prank on the audience orchestrated by the Outside Xbox hosts. Unfortunately for them, Mike forgot to tell Luke and Ellen that the whole thing was just a prank and that their jobs weren't real...
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Before discussing Armed and Dangerous's Shark Gun on 7 Horrible Weapons You're Definitely the Bad Guy for Using, Andy discusses what happens if a weapon that reverses gravity brings realistic side effects: countless bystanders will likely die, the planet destabilizes, crops fail, and shoes become hats.
  • Artifact Title: From the channel's website:
    Andy was part of the original UK Inside Xbox team, which was both wildly popular and the reason for Outside Xbox's now faintly ridiculous name.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: In Show Of The Weekend 15 Sep 2018, Ellen is so overjoyed upon hearing that THQ Nordic have acquired the IP rights of Kingdoms Of Amalur that she turns into an entity of pure bliss. Upon hearing that Forcier still owns the publishing rights, and therefore there's not much chance of a remaster or a sequel being made, she reverts back to normal in sheer anger and attacks Luke for telling her this.
  • Ascended Extra: Having gained attention for creating the artwork for the team's Dungeons & Dragons adventures, which have been used on the channel since A Spot of Bother, Bendix later appeared alongside Mike & Luke in the July 27th 2018 livestreams.
  • Ascended Glitch: When doing a Let's Play Of Kingdoms Of Amalur, the subtitles for the NPC dialogue fragment "time for work, boys" stayed on screen for ages. This was eventually made into a T-shirt.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Mike sometimes acts like this. Especially when the "shiny" object in question is a car or related to cars. Andy has a similar reaction towards historical topics, such as the wild west.
  • Audience Participation:
    • Some lists on both Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra have a Commenter edition, which list characters, games, or other moments not touched on in the original list that commenters feel were left out of the list. The viewers that suggest these are credited for the entry along with their comment.
    • Every Show of the Week/End's third act is reading and responding to commenters.
    • Commenters got to name Marston's horse in the Red Dead Redemption playthrough. The current favourite is Horse-on Welles.
    • Their live-streams also tend to double as Q&A sessions for their commenters, at times to the point where they'll get so caught up in a discussion stemming from one of the questions that the game they're currently playing becomes a bit of an afterthought.
  • Author Appeal:
    • All five hosts have at least one favorite game that they can't stop gushing about:
      • Andy's favourite is Red Dead Redemption . The Let's Play for that game seems to exist primarily because it's one of Andy's favourite games and he lost his 100% save.
      • Jane's favourite is Mass Effect. She did several Let's Play about Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect: Andromeda, did a whole video about Artistic License – Space to talk about Mass Effect 2 and another to talk about her Andromeda's space training.
      • Mike's favourite is Forza. He's also very keen on Dark Souls.
      • Luke's favourite is The Legend of Zelda. While not exactly a favourite, it's also a bit of a running gag that he is apparently the only member of the Outside X-team that likes Super Mario Sunshine.
      • Ellen's favourite is frequently presented as being Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. It is revealed in one video that there is apparently a protocol banning Ellen from mentioning it simply because she'd take every opportunity she could to gush about it.note  She's also very fond of the Assassin's Creed and Tomb Raider games.
      • James has been mentioned to like EVE Online. He's also fond of Football Manager. When asked why he likes it, he responds "Because it is good,"
        Commenter: Give that man a seat on the sofa!
      • Producer Jon is also fond of The Legend of Zelda. Specifically, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
    • In non-game related examples:
      • Andy's specialist subject is historynote , and he seems to have particular fondness for pirates and cowboys.
      • Mike loves cars and knows a lot about them. If there's a car-themed entry on a list video, there's a good chance Mike will be the one hosting it. He's also done many different videos dedicated entirely to car games (and one counting down Artistic License – Cars transgressions in games).
      • Luke loves dinosaurs (except for Tricky) and 18th century sailing ships, and appears to have a fondness for LEGO as well. At one point, he remarked his favorite historical figure is Admiral Horatio Nelson. His favorite play is Les Misérables
      • Jane has a master's degree in physics and knows quite a bit about particle physics and astrophysics. Typically, scientific discussions in video games have her take center stage.
      • Ellen is really into cute animals, particularly cats. During "Showdown of the Weekend 2018", Luke mentions that she's told him about every cat she's ever met, and guesses that the answer about her having a small dog thrown at her is false, because she would have mentioned the breed.
        Ellen: If there's any opportunity for me to make a fuss about a cute animal, then I will take it.
  • Author Tract: Their "7 Funny Easter Eggs That Were Shady In-Jokes" video is all about dark in-jokes and Easter eggs in games. One example from The Witcher 3 is a quest called "The Tower Outta Nowheres", which, as Andy explains, is a thinly-veiled dig at Game DRM turned into a playable mission. The tower in question is protected with a Defense Regulatory Magicon spell, which has stopped a wizard who purchased it pre-owned from accessing the tower. Geralt must defeat it with the help of a magical book called "Gottfrieds Omni-opening Grimoire", which, by complete chance has the same initials as (owned by Witcher publisher CD Projekt) then defeat the monster inside said tower. Once completed, the tower disappears, and Geralt is dumped unceremoniously into a lake.
  • Ax-Crazy: Ellen has literallynote  tried to kill Luke with a hatchet on-screen twice.
    Luke: I'm not sure I would say 'for every occasion.' I really feel like there's one occasion that's catered to here, and it's the murder of me. By Ellen.
  • An Axe to Grind: In "7 'Stealth' Takedowns That Were the Least Stealthy Thing to Ever Happen", when Luke is discussing the practicality of Billy Blazcowicz killing Nazis quietly with a hatchet, Ellen sneaks on-screen and tries to kill him with a hatchet, only to be caught out twice.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": The video introducing Outside Xtra has a segment where the Oxbox team introduce the new hosts "in their own words" while obviously reading from scripts and using hammy unnatural body language.
    • Also "Seven Heroes Who Were Terrible Actors".
  • Bad Boss: Played for laugh, as with everything else. The Oxbox team in general and Jane in particular. So far, Luke and Ellen have mentioned that they had to work over Easter or Jane would feed them to the Mimics from Prey (2017); Jane's Suspiciously Specific Denial of doing something to Luke; Mike and Andy are mind-controlling Luke with a mirror The Last Guardian's style; Jane has inflicted "productivity scorpions" on the Xtra team. Both Luke and Ellen also live in terror of being sent "back to the video game mines" if their channel doesn't perform up to snuff. Luke is also contractually obligated to carry the Oxbox team around on piggy-back on demand.
  • Batman Gambit: When Alex Lolies from Dicebreaker joins the group for a game of Werewolf, she pulls off a masterful ploy against the Outside Xbox/Xtra crew to catch the werewolf, believing that Johnny was the least likely to be the Werewolf she levelled an accusation against them to see which other players would agree with her, which causes Jane to reveal herself and win Lolies the game.
  • Beach Episode: Mocked by Mike when Jane suggested Mike's cinematic intro to a racing event was an anime she and Andy would watch.
    Mike: Let's go to the beach and not advance the plot!
    Andy: Man, I hate these filler episodes.
  • Berserk Button: Each host seems to have one regarding inaccuracies, whether they see it in a game, or are told it by someone else. Andy's is historical or literary inaccuracy, Mike's is vehicle inaccuracy, Jane's is scientific inaccuracy, and Luke's is paleontological inaccuracy (i.e. getting dinosaurs wrong).
    • Luke has a special one in the frost troll the Seven Thousand Steps up The Throat of the World mountain in Skyrim, bringing it up across multiple list features and livestreams. This culminates in an epic Big "NO!" moment when he encounters the troll completely by accident while doing Christmas challenges.
  • Big "NEVER!": In their "7 Spammy Moves You Loved to Spam" video, Andy hosts an entry featuring Scorpion's famous Spear special move.
    Andy: When you think of great harpoons in works of fiction, as I often do, there are a few standouts. Ahab's harpoon from Moby-Dick, Jason's harpoon from Friday the 13th, Edward Kenway's harpoon in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. I could go on, and I do on my Tumblr,
    Mike: [off-screen] Stop plugging your harpoon Tumblr!
    Andy: [shakes fist] Never!
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    Ellen: Mais le petit chat est trop beau! [angrily] Je veux le chat!note 
    • Their stream of the 2021 Xbox E3 showcase had Arabic subtitles which were impossible to change or remove. The bonus was strongest during the Stalker 2 trailer, in which the Arabic subtitles overrode the English subtitles for the Russian dialogue. Mike said "At least the viewers will all have learned Arabic by the end of the show."
  • Black Comedy Burst: Some pitches during the "Patently Stupid" livestream evoke this. Hate the sound of traffic? Get Andy's Belmet, a helmet containing stinging bees, and then traffic noises are now the lesser concern. Can't fit into shoes? Mike's Ankle Grinder saws off a bit of your foot.
  • Bond One-Liner: On "Show of the Week" for Blood Dragon, the OxBox crew try their hand at coming up with Bond One-Liners, and discover it's a lot harder than it looks.
  • Brain Bleach:
    • On "Show of the Weekend" for 6th October 2018, Ellen said that after playing Rise of the Tomb Raider, she wanted to have her memories wiped so that she could play it again for the first time. After playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider, she just wanted to have her memories wiped.
    • "7 Tricks by Game Developers You Won’t Be Able to Unsee" is based around developer techniques to save on time, or are otherwise too complex to implement such as animating the exchange of items by showing movements implying a handoff (as it's really tedius to animate), letting shoot people off ledges by making "ragdoll magnets" so they alway do this (because it's cool to the player), and don't animate getting people dressed (as that's also really hard and tedius to animate, so much so that Jane quotes Brad Bird, as he too had issues with cloth simulations in The Incredibles, so it's no wonder game developers don't want to try this too much either), among other things.
    • "7 Surprisingly Harrowing Deaths of Cute Characters" has Andy respond to Elise kissing Sonic with disgust, and he seeks Sonic fanart to cleanse out the imagery from his eyes.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In their "7 Dumbest Mistakes by Evil Corporations in Videogames" list, Jane details the thought process of a hypothetical recent college graduate who's been hired by ExoGeni Corporations:
    Jane: "Sounds great!", you thought, taking that graduate job with them fresh out of college. "I'm going to make a difference in this galaxy!", you thought. "There's no way they'll turn me into a hive-mind plant zombie in a secret off-world experiment!", you thought.
  • Brick Joke: Xtra jokes tend to get at least one secondary appearance: the time-travel Pikachu, Luke's time trapped in the studio over Christmas, getting trapped in shipping containers, Bud Fensler, the Secret Order of Early Festivities, and so on.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Andy and Jane take potshots at Emperor Palpatine in "7 Games That Fixed Screw-Ups With a Re-Release."
    Game narration: You are now the Emperor's Voice.
    Jane: I am? Good! Your voice sucked! "Dewit." "Dewit." (unintelligible, sinister noises)
    Andy: (joins in from offscreen)
    • In the Link's Awakening streams, Ellen gives Crazy Tracy a roughly-Essex accent.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • While Jane and Andy have their mishaps, no one suffers more than Mike Channell.
    • As the recent hires and junior members of the team, whenever Outside Xtra hosts Ellen and Luke show up they tend to be (jokingly) treated as dogsbodies.
    • During their third livestream of Among Us, Mike was the first player killed four times in a row over the course of several games. In the next game, he managed to avoid it by being the Imposter...and then he got found out and was ejected. Then, in their fourth livestream, while Mike was able to enjoy several victories as both the crewmate and the Imposter, Ellen took the mantle of "being the first to be killed".
    Johnny: Can we all agree that, next game, no one kills Mike unless it would be really funny.
  • Butterface: In one Show of the Week focusing on Grand Theft Auto V, Mike, who has Grand Theft Auto Fever, briefly sees Roman Bellic's face on Jane's body.
  • The Cameo:
    • Before being "revealed" in the 2M subscribers video, James Hill had a couple of appearances in some comedic bits. In one, Andy demonstrated his nodding-through-interview technique with him, and in another, he's a Pokémon GO player who wandered in the studio. He also had an entire series to himself in 2013 in which he played State of Decay.
    • Ellen first appeared on the channel playing Rise of the Tomb Raider co-op with Andy several weeks before Outside Xtra was announced, while Ellen was still part of Xbox On.
    • Johnny Chiodini, formerly of Eurogamer and Dicebreaker, served as Dungeon Master for almost all of the various Dungeons & Dragons adventures, as well as being a player character in the Blades in the Dark spinoff.
    • Rob Pearson from PlayStation Access made a quick cameo on two separate occasions; in a video about weird game cameos, and in this video about characters being good at sniping.
    • Aoife Wilson, of Eurogamer, is a semi-frequent guest: She accompanied Luke on the Resident Evil 7 live-action tour, performed a discussion with Luke on their shared love of Bloodborne, and took over as Ellen's tutor in "Ellen's Souls Academy" when Luke was out on paternity leave.
    • Ian Higton, also of Eurogamer, was in a livestream with Mike and Ellen when playing a Hot Wheels deathmatch game, and, along with Aoife, plays in Among Us tournaments.
    • Bendix, who works for Eurogamer and created much of the art for the Dungeons and Dragons series, appeared in the July 27th 2018 livestreams
    • Ben Borthwick accompanying them for their early forays into GTA Online
    • Alex Lolies and Michael "Wheels" Whelan also join in on Among Us tournaments. The former also joined in a game of Werewolf, while the latter came into the studio to play a tabletop game with Luke and Ellen in 2019 when no video games were released in a week for them to discuss.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Whenever they're doing a Let's Play of a military-themed game (such as Battlefield 1) and screw up in a humiliating fashion, the player (usually either Mike or Andy) will often quip "And that was my war."
    • "Loophole!" for when discussing Batman's no kill rule.
    • Whenever a video game character gets too bothersome with their demands, they will, more often Jane, sarcastically remark they want " a moon on a stick".
    • Any time a player character is forced to hide within a box, crate or similar from numerous enemies hunting them, most likely after an attempt at stealth gone badly wrong, the player will remark that "this is my life now".
    • Particularly disastrous moments in playthroughs will often be met with some variation of "It's fine, everything's fine."
    • Luke has a tendency to plaintively ask "Why do we fight?" whenever he's trying to weasel out of a combat scenario that isn't going very well for him.
    • Things going wrong for either the characters in-game or the hosts out of it will be met with "This is the one thing we didn't want to happen."
    • Luke and Andy really like the phrase "Wellity wellity wellity" for some reason.
    • Averted with "That's freaky-deaky!", which Luke tries to put forward as Ellen's catchphrase over her vociferous objections.
  • Cat Smile: Ellen's got one, because of course she has. The placeholder photo that shows up before livestreams is the most obvious example, but it really comes out in the "7 Tortured Acronyms" video.
  • Chess with Death: In one Show Of The Week focusing on Darksiders 2, Mike plays video games with the Reaper to get him to revisit his friends as a ghost.
  • Chirping Crickets: In the "7 Crazy Witcher Moments" video, when Mike comments that the unicorn incident from The Witcher "gives a whole new meaning to 'horny on mane.'"
  • Christmas Creep: Mike alludes to the Easter equivalent, describing Ready Player One as having "more Easter Eggs than supermarket shelves in January".
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • Jane opens the Show of the Week with the Titanfall Drinking Game with an incredibly profane rant about nothing in particular.
    • During a video in which Mike previews the bosses of Cuphead, there’s quite a lot of swearing due to how challenging they are.
    • During one show, Andy mentions that he has to censor James whenever he talks, because if his voice is heard, they have to pay him more. James responds with a censored rant so profane it disturbs both Andy and Mike.
    • From the "7 Annoying Enemy Types" video, Ellen is not a fan of the explosive Personal Space Invader enemies from Control.
      Ellen: (flailing) Aaagh! F(bleep) piss sh(bleep) (bleep) aagh! (pulls herself together) I mean, bloody hell.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Jane is prone to this when her mad scientist persona is being played up, such as by claiming everyone's food as part of an "experiment".
  • Comically Missing the Point: The "Sequels That Flipped the Script" video includes a sidebar in which Andy remarks on the fact that the game Battlefield 2 was the sequel was not Battlefield or Battlefield 1, but Battlefield 1942 — which he pronounces as if it were the sequel to 1,941 earlier Battlefield games.
  • Conspicuously Public Assassination: Admittedly, games like Dishonored, Hitman (2016) and Hitman 2 often allow or require this, but few players make it into an art form like Mike "stealth" Channell does. Have a look (this video includes a couple from Andy and Jane as well).
  • Corpsing: They'll cut laughter in the middle of a comedy bit, but they don't object to leaving it in when someone just offscreen dies laughing at the end of one.
    • The beginning of this video is particularly noticeable as Andy can barely keep it under control as he pulls a Take That! against Mass Effect 3.
    • Jane also finds it hard to keep a straight face when discussing the Batman villain Condiment King in "7 Achievements That Took Some Serious Planning".
    • Mike is clearly struggling throughout the entire final section of "7 Silliest Character Names in Videogames (That We're Meant to Take Seriously)" when discussing Red Ocean's unfortunately-named protagonist.
    "And while we never see his face, we will never forget Jack Hard. Because of how he reminds us of... what you might be doing if you need to change a tyre on an SUV. And literally nothing else."
    • In general, you can count the amount of Shows of the Weekend where Ellen doesn't at some point dissolve into hysterical giggling at what's going on with one hand, and have plenty of fingers left over.
    Ellen, introducing 8 Times Skyrim Made Us Totally Lose It: "Hope you like my laugh, 'cause you're gonna hear a lot of it!"
  • Creator Killer: Explored in 7 Disastrous Games That Sank the Company. Either due to delays, the games being overhyped before launch or, in the case of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, having the misfortune of coming out just months after The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that completely overshadowed it, resulting in fewer sales than would have been needed to save the studio that had an extremely poor gestion of its budget (and thus the game would have needed to massively sell to compensate even if it didn't have the competition).
  • Curse Cut Short: At the very end of Show of the Week for 9 February 2018, Andy finally gets access to gaming news:
  • Cute Kitten: "7 Stupidest Ways Humanity Got Destroyed" starts with Ellen saying "There's never a good way for humanity to be wiped out, unless it's some kind of kitten supernova."
  • Cuteness Proximity: Fairly common, especially in Xtra videos. If a character has a cute pet, there will be cooing. Consider yourself warned. Ellen in particular is susceptible.
    • Invoked with the "please stand by" title cards to the Outside Xtra livestreams, which feature a couple of pictures of adorable looking otters in the hope that they will make the wait more bearable and mollify the viewer, as one of the captions reads "Patience is a virtue, they seem to say".
  • Darker and Edgier: Invoked In-Universe by Ellen when discussing Dark Souls, when she made Luke take a cute animal mascot he had made and turn him into a terrifying Dark Souls boss.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: In the 12 Evil Achievements for Heartless Bastards, Andy explains the appropriately named achievement: "Dastardly" from Red Dead Redemption, which sees you hogtie-ing a woman to some train tracks, and watch them get run over. Andy then quickly reveals the correct way of watching is by twirling an old-timey moustache and laughing evilly at your deed. Cue Andy doing exactly that.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All three engage in this but Jane stands out to the point that her character was used to demonstrate the sarcastic options in Fallout 4.
  • Death Glare: Luke tries to historically justify the anachronistic nature of For Honor to Andy while suffering under a near constant glare of seething disapproval. Andy also got to pull it out when Ellen made a Norse myth pun related to God of War (PS4) (asking if Luke was Loki excited, or Hela excited), prompting her to attempt to hide behind Luke.
  • Disappointed in You: In "6 Annoying Kids Who Make Us Glad We Don't Babysit Anymore", Ellen says "I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed." Beat "FURIOUSLY disappointed."
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Another player wrecks a heist they're doing in Grand Theft Auto Online, so Mike decides to blow a cool half mil on hitting him with a Kill Sat.
    • In "7 Bosses You Could Only Run From," Andy fires both Luke and Ellennote  for making too many puns.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Ellen has to put a penny in a jar every time she gets distracted by how dreamy she finds the Outsider from Dishonored.
  • The Dog Ate My Homework: There was no "Show of the Weekend" on 12th May 2018. The reason given was "a dog ate it." There was a Clip Show instead.
  • Don't Try This at Home: The team sometimes make cocktails from video games. Some go better than others.
    • After misreading the recipe for a cocktail led to putting a handful of nutmeg into the cocktail shaker - which is a legitimately toxic amount of nutmeg to put into anything - a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen stated "Spoiler: This is a dangerous amount of nutmeg. Like seriously, a dangerous amount. Do not eat this much nutmeg ever."
    • Their video of the Dragon Flame cocktail from Hitman 2 included the "don't try this at home" warning because it is vile: it includes chilli and raw egg and looks like vomit.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: After the 2018 Xmas Charades game, when the Outside Xbox team narrowly miss coming back to win after a good second round, in the spirit of good sportsmanship Luke claims that Outside Xbox won a moral victory even if they didn't win the game overall. Unfortunately, he underestimates the lack of good sportsmanship on the part of the Outside Xbox team, particularly Andy, as they start dancing around and gloating as if they had won an actual victory. This prompts Luke to offer the amendment that it becomes less of a moral victory the more Andy gloats, before finally swearing off claiming moral victories altogether.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Basically everyone. Lampshaded by Jane, while being strafed by a fighter jet in Grand Theft Auto Online:
    Jane: I'm trying to drive erratically, but it's no more or less erratic than I usually drive.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Jane, Andy, and Mike originally shot their videos standing while facing the camera full-on. It took a while before they started sitting in the wooden chair they now use.
    • The Outside Xtra's introduction video implied that the Outside Xbox crew are their puppet forced to stick to their script. Compare that to their current status as the Oxbox team's Butt-Monkey.
    • Early episodes of "Show of the Week" tended to go to more places in the studio and feature things like tips for completing achievements, general game news, and so forth. The presenters also used to swap around in the different sections more, and the furnishings and general studio appearance was also quite different. Over time, they adopted a tighter format involving two presenters starting on the standard green couch discussing the game of the week, one presenter meeting the third by the bookcase to go through a feature (or, later, a challenge) and the user comments, before the first two presenters meet back on the couch to close the episode.
    • The channel also initially featured more behind-the-scenes content related to the games they were discussing, including interviews with the production teams. This is a lot rarer now.
    • Swearing is normally both rare and censored nowadays, but this video from 2012 and this video from 2013 both have open swears; the first in a clip from a game, and the second in the voiceover.
  • Eat Me: "Seven Bosses You Killed From The Inside Out, Ew".
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Ellen's crush on the Outsider notwithstanding, there are a couple of passers-by in the "Ducktales Karaoke" video who are clearly checking out Andy and/or Jane as they're singing.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Discussed by Ellen and Luke while discussing names for cats. They both lose it at "Tray Bake."note 
  • Egopolis: Oxboxford, the team's project in Cities: Skylines is very much this, with the OX roadways, and the giant statue. It does, however, overlap with Wretched Hive in this case, with the university (and sole educational facility) called the Jane Douglas Institute, the hospital Dr Andy's Horrortorium, and the crematorium Mike's Grill.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Everyone considers Mike's In-Universe to be a game of PAYDAY 2 when he throws a grenade to alert an entire bank about five seconds after the mission starts.
      Andy: Yeah, Mike, what happened here?
    • The time that Jane tried to parachute into a military base in Grand Theft Auto V only to mistime the landing and face-plant straight into the ground and lose a life also tends to get mentioned quite frequently. As does the time Jane once tried to bail out of a jet plane she was flying only to get hit and killed by her own plane while doing so.
    • Ellen and Luke's Christmas challenges are played head-to-head, and twice, Luke had soundly thrashed her. The first was a footrace from Helgen to Riften in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and the second was sneaking up on a deer in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and riding it to Kakariko Village. Luke clocked in at five minutes in compared to Ellen's almost-thirty.
    • Also in the Christmas challenges, twice Ellen has attempted to use some in-game medium to draw a Pikachunote , and twice it has been found by Andy, in his capacity as a blind judge, to be subpar. In particular, his review of her second attempt was harsh enough to border on being a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. And to add insult to injury, both times while they were doing it Luke had commented that he thought Ellen's was better than his.
    • Battlefield 1 had a particularly crazy instance in which Mike needed to flush out some enemies who were one floor above him in a lighthouse. He throws a grenade at them, only for it to bounce off the hatch and fall back towards him. Mike tries to dodge, but falls down three flights of stairs inside the lighthouse and break his legs. Then, the grenade rests beside him and finally explodes, killing him.
    • In a train simulation video game, Mike manages to lock himself out of his own train while it slowly moves away from the station.
    Mike: Yeah, I've got no excuse for that one.
    • During a social deduction game in which the players need to find a werewolf, the group manages to kill two innocent villagersnote , leaving Andy to lose the game because the two werewolves got away scot free in one round.
    • During a playthrough of Among Us, Mike manages to miss two corpses in a row. He even stands on top of them.
    Andy: I think we've established that Mike isn't very good at this game.
    • During a 9-player game crossover with Eurogamer and Dicebreaker, guest player (and Oxventure DM) Johnny Chiodini manages to get the entire group to vote them out when they casually mention that they encountered Mike's corpse, despite the fact that the emergency meeting wasn't called due to Mike's death. note .
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: At one point, Jane Douglas claims that the "eleven herbs and spices" used by KFC must be a lie, because there aren't eleven herbs and spices. She then tries to come up with a list, managing salt, pepper, and five-spice, making seven.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Jane may be a Mad Scientist with aspirations to take over the world but she protests strongly when Andy contemplates killing horses in Red Dead Redemption.
    • Mike has spent the entirety of his Hitman (2016) career as a Mad Bomber who immediately goes for the most over-the-top elimination possible and defaults to lethal solutions, an approach that has led to his record being something like nineteen non-target kills. The final mission of Patient Zero, in which the virus gets truly out of control, leads to so many casualties even he starts feeling bad about all the killing he's doing.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Ellen has a VERY strong girl-crush on Evie Frye.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Luke's Kingdom Come: Deliverance Survival Simulation is a bit excessive, to the point where choosing to have a bit of a lie-in causes Ellen to lose a life to dysentery.
    Luke: (sing-song) Medieval life was horrible!
  • Evil Laugh: Jane may be the Token Evil Teammate, but Andy's got her beat in this regard. The aforementioned "evil achievements" video was just the beginning...
  • Face–Heel Turn: Andy attempts one for about, ooh, eight seconds in a video about good guys turning into bad guys and getting cooler thereby.
  • Facial Horror: While trying out NBA 2K15's face scan feature, the presenters are left screaming at the horror that is Jane's mangled in-game face.
  • Failed a Spot Check: When playing Among Us, Mike tends to not notice the dead bodies of his fellow crewmates or, as he puts it, he has "corpse blindness".
  • Fanon Discontinuity: In-Universe.
  • Fanservice:
  • Fate Worse than Death: Referenced in this video, in which Andy claims that a Black Hole is only second-worse than a Nickelback Concert on the proposed list of "things you don't want to be near your face".
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Mike draws a Venus Fly Trap screaming "Feed me!" during a Jackbox livestream in which the contestants draw weapons to commit murder.
    Johnny: Whoever drew that, I want you to get away with it. Because that is adorable!
  • Food End:
    Andy: ...and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed sombre under an overcast sky—seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness. And then they all went for ice-cream sundaes.
    • During a discussion during Show of the Week, a discussion about a breakfast menu seen in a video game causes Mike to leave in the middle and go for brunch. The last scene has Jane narrating the ending while Mike eats pancakes.
  • Formula-Breaking Episode:
  • Friendly Pirate: The Dungeons & Dragons Actual Play series consists of this:
    • Andy's character, Corazón de Ballena, is technically the least ethical member of the party apart from Prudence. But he still comes across as a downplayed example by way of being a Loveable Rogue.
    • Rust-on-the-Harbour from the "The Corn Ultimatum" adventure is a straight example, being a cheerful French accented tabaxi assassin who agrees to help the party for the princely sum of 1 gold (and even manages to win over Corazón eventually).
  • Full-Frontal Assault: One of the challenges in the Oxbox Xmas Challenge for 2015 was the Nude Mayor Punching. Repeated again for 2016 in the Nude Jarl Punching. And again in 2017 with the Nude Elder Punching challenge. Curiously, Mike selected this challenge every year.
  • Fun T-Shirt: So, so many. Recurring ones include Luke's Silent Princess shirt, Jane's Solaire shirt, Andy's "Kojima" shirt, etc.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Discussed in a couple of list videos, but the crew have come up with their own as well.
    • FLAMINGOs never say die.
    • Jane and Andy's Evil Genius 2 livestream had several S.P.E.C.T.R.E.-style acronyms proposed by the viewers, such as C.E.P.H.A.L.O.P.O.D.note  and O.C.T.O.P.U.S.note .
  • Gag Censor: Ellen uses a Yarny doll as a visual aid in "7 Bosses You Could Only Run From," but it's falling apart pretty badly and she decides that she hates it. One quick pixelation later, and we can continue with the video.
  • Genius Loci: Andy is revealed to be the human avatar of one in the Jan 14, 2017 episode of Show of the Weekend, who in 2028 will have become too powerful for Earth's forces to contain.
    • If Andy's comments on the matter are any indication, he hasn't quite gotten to that point yet, but he's trying to.
  • Gilligan Cut: Luke shows John the "Detective Pikachu dance," and wonders why Ellen didn't reply when he sent her the clip. Meanwhile, across town...
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Luke loses his mind while trapped in the studio over Christmas one year.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Referenced in a Hitman (2016) video that had Jane playing, Mike advising her to throw a screwdriver at the target in a crowded sauna, and Andy mentioning that might not be the stealthiest course of action.
  • Got Me Doing It: Andy when describing Shovel Knight's "Butt Mode" in this video.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A running gag in their Red Dead Redemption Let's Plays is that "Horson Welles", John's horse, reacts like a petulant Clingy Jealous Girl whenever he sees John interact with another horse for whatever reason.
  • Griefer: Mike ends up doing this to Andy when the team try out the "Ghost Mode" multiplayer mode of Hitman 2 during beta. Both players are assigned to kill a particular target, but their actions in the level affect the other's playthrough. Andy, of course, tries to stealth his way through the kills as he normally does when playing the game. Unfortunately for him, Mike is his usual reckless and uncaring self and ends up following Andy around causing chaos and carelessly killing the target before Andy can set up an unnoticed kill. You practically feel Andy's rage radiating from the screen.
  • Hands Go Down: In the intro of "7 Genius End Credits We Actually Watched", Ellen asks who sat through end credits by choice. Hands raise. When she says "And not because you want to see the post-credits scene in a Marvel film", down go the hands.
  • Happy Dance: When Ellen defeated Luke at "Wimbledungeons" (a tennis simulator using tabletop-RPG mechanics).
    Luke: You can't shake hands in a gentlemanly way and then just keep dancing!
    Johnny Chiodini: Apparently you can.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Ellen can perfectly replicate the paralyzing scream of a Redead.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Show of the Weekend has a section featuring outtakes from both channels' videos. Show of the Week does it at the end of every year.
  • Hiroshima as a Unit of Measure: The "6 Games That Are Better If You Just Never Finish Them" measures the ending of one of the games described in units of the death of Mufasa.
  • How Is That Even Possible?: Ellen's response to the Dante's Inferno version of Cerberus somehow being able to catch Dante in its mouth in mid-air right before he could stick his scythe into its head.
    Ellen: Aghh!! How did it even know I was there?! It doesn't have eyes! It just has mouths!
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The presenters of Xtra, Luke and Ellen, as lampshaded on both channels note . Played for Laughs when Ellen angrily leaves after some comments to make some tea, only to realize tea bags were on the top shelf. Their attempt to form a Yooka-Laylee-style team-up also proved short-lived when Luke realised that in practice it was just Ellen using him to reach things down from high shelves.
    • Exploited for comedy again in the "How Much Is Your Time Worth?" video, where the camera spends most of the episode focused on Ellen and her whiteboard. Luke, who is holding the whiteboard, is usually only visible from the chin downwards.
  • Hurricane of Puns:
    • The vast majority of list episodes subtitle each fresh entry with some kind of pun.
    • When Mike and Ellen play the Battlefront Rogue One DLC, nearly everything either of them says between the first appearance of Jyn Erso and the end of the mission is some kind of gin pun.
    • Any number of list episodes feature someone unleashing a barrage of puns while someone (usually but not exclusively Andy) boos them from offscreen. At one point a time-traveling Andy came back in time to boo one of Andy's own puns.
  • The Hyena: Ellen—not constantly, but about Once an Episode. The "Powerful Butt" incident is just one example.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: During their Grand Theft Auto V heists, the team would often be joined by a player named Nerascus whom they've dubbed as their "intern". More often than not, the intern would perform better than the team, getting them out of tricky situations, and receiving a higher score.
  • Hypocritical Humor: 7 Health and Safety Nightmares Down To Insanely Negligent Workplace Design has Andy talk about bad workplace design while uncovering some... questionable things about the Outside Xbox office including a microwave that is more dangerous than Aperture Science's testingnote , an annual "Bring Your Alligator To Work Day"note , a "Laser Death Grid"note , the anthrax in the kitchennote , and the weekly fire drillnote . Yeah
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: During a social deduction game.
    Luke: Look, you can accuse me of anything, even being a werewolf. But you can't accuse me of legalese.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: Andy's sole concern about Luke being lost in time is whether he can have Luke's shoes.
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • Done accidentally when Jane and Andy played Sheltered. One of their bunkermates, Martha, dies and Jane selects "Harvest" the corpse without realizing what that doesnote . They get over it pretty quickly, and are honestly surprised it took them that long to resort to cannibalism.
      Andy: Come and have some delicious Martha meat.
    • In Cities: Skylines, this is invoked when Mike is granted naming rights to a crematorium. He calls it Mike's Grill.
      Mike: I would advise anyone not to eat anything in the staff canteen.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: On several occasions, but the "Siberian Prison" sniper level of Hitman 2 is one good example. Andy eventually gets the hang of the sniper rifle... sort of.
  • Implausible Deniability: In the Show of the Week covering Batman: Return to Arkham, Mike mentions that he's been brushing up on his batarang skills. Jane then reveals that the neighbour's window was mysteriously found broken, with a batarang among the wreckage. Mike denies that he knows anything about that, and when pressed by Jane proceeds to deny that he knows what a batarang even is, and then to deny that he knows anybody named Mike.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: When playing Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall, Mike decides to assassinate the target by shooting him with a pistol from across the square. He succeeds.
  • Improv: Show of the Weekend on Outside Xtra is almost always twice as long as Show of the Week on the main Outside Xbox channel due to both Luke and Ellen taking more liberties with the script....and lots of tangents. Show of the Week has some improv, but is by and large far more scripted. This changed in early 2019 as Show of the Week's comments sections are very lengthy and unscripted now, bringing Show of the Week up to similar length of Show of the Weekend. It's still applicable to the earlier Shows of the Week.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Ellen does this all the time, to boos from whoever's offscreen. Jane sometimes picks up on this.
    • The usual suspects notably switch places in "7 Cutesy Games... Commenter Edition," when Luke explains that the studio is being powered by Charmander's cuteness.
      Luke: We call it Squee-newable energy.
      Ellen: (offscreen) No we don't.
  • Indy Ploy: In contrast to Andy's meticulous, silent approach and Mike's "Kill Them All" style, Jane handles stealth games by approaching the targets and making up her plans as she goes along.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • The presenters' Grand Theft Auto Online characters are designed to look as much as themselves as possible.
    • In general, Jane tries to make most of her characters look as much like her as possible whenever their appearances are customizable. Averted whenever Mike & Andy are making a custom character for a wrestling or MMA game, where they inevitably try to abuse the character creator to make the most disturbing, distorted, or absurd character they can.
  • Ironic Echo: During a variant of Among Us called hide and seek.
    Luke: Ian's in the lab! I had to wait and say it so he didn't double back and get me.
    [Ian kills Luke]
    Andy: Did he double back and get you?
  • Ironic Echo Cut: In the video where the Oxbox crew try out the Sea of Thieves chicken hunt quest, they notice Chicken Isle on the map and decide it might be a good place to look for chickens.
    Jane: There better be damn chickens on Chicken Isle, it's not just a name.
    Andy: So you're telling me there's no chickens on Chicken Island.
  • Ironic Name: Not in the game itself, but in the team's playthrough of the Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus DLC "Diaries of Agent Silent Death", the titular agent's codename is rendered unbelievably ironic. Mainly due to Andy's tendency to run through the levels firing a machine gun while screaming "SILENT DEAAAAAAAATH" at all the Germans.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: During a playthrough of Werewolf with sister channel Dicebreaker.
    Luke: Look, you can accuse me of a lot of things, including being a werewolf. But you can't accuse me of legalese.
  • Jump Scare: During the popular hide-and-seek variation of Among Us, Luke is about to walk into decontamination, to run right into the killer. He invokes the trope after he's killed, saying it was the best one of their Halloween livestreams.
  • Kick the Dog: In the Fallout 4: 8 Little Ways We've Been Evil in Fallout 4 So Far, Jane details the various ways she's engaged in wicked deeds in Fallout 4, up to and including shooting Dogmeat.
    • Then there's their video on what they've done in the name of achievements.
  • Kill Sat
    • Apparently Jane wants one to write her initials on the Moon.
    • In the 2018 GTA Heists, Mike acquires an Orbital laser. It costs half a million dollars to fire, plus an extra 25000 dollars if you want it to be automatically targeted. Mike uses it to obliterate a player that had been harassing and repeatedly killing Andy. This prompts the other player to respond by bringing a fighter jet and interfering with the Ox Crew's heist by blowing them up over and over again.
  • Lame Comeback: When Mike compares the colour of Andy's chosen plane to an ambulance in one Christmas challenge video:
    Andy: Well, it's also the colour of...something good...shut up.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Andy is prone to yelling "BOOOOO" from offscreen in response to a bad pun when it's his turn to be the "designated offscreen yeller".
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: As Luke makes clear, nobody understands Ellen's Monarch of the Glen references.
  • Laser Sight: Discussed when talking about Sniper Luigi from Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Luke is worried that his previous insults to Luigi will cause him to seek revenge. Ellen brushes it off until she sees a laser sight trained on Luke's head. As it turns out, it was just Andy.
    Andy: Where's Luke, I wanted to show him this new cat toy.
    Ellen: Oh, he's just cowering in fear.
    Andy: Oh well, more cat toy for us. [shines the light] Go get it!
    Ellen: [dashes after the light like a cat]
    Andy: Awww, she's having fun.
  • Last-Name Basis: During livestreams when Dicebreaker hosts Alex Lolies and Michael Whelan join in, the former is referred to almost exclusively by her last name and the latter is called "Wheels" which is derived from his last name.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others:
  • Late to the Realization: Andy during the final entry of their "8 Videogame Disguises That Aren't Fooling Anyone" video:
    Andy: Much was made in the buildup to the release of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 of new character Jaycee, a mysterious luchadora who was—
    Jane: [off-screen] It's Julia Chang!
    Andy: [taken aback slightly] ... her pendant and moveset seemed quite familiar to long-term fans of the series, some of whom theorized—
    Jane: [off-screen] Julia Chang. It's clearly Julia Chang.
    Andy: One second... then there was the name: Jaycee. J-C. Could that have any signifi—
    Jane: [off-screen] It stands for Julia Chang!
    Andy: Oh, my God, it's Julia Chang. Who saw that coming?!
    Mike and Jane: [off-screen] We all did!
    Andy: [in resignation] Yes, fine, okay.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Discussed in the 12 April, 2019 Show of the Week episode, in which Andy and Jane were talking about comments from their Red Shirt video, and one of the people on that video was L. Jenkins from Mass Effect 2. A commenter picked up on the supposed reference, and it had transpired Andy knew very little about the trope, and only its Memetic Mutation. Jane swiftly explains the general trope to Andy, even showing footage of the incident.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Sweet, bubbly Ellen is (usually) the light feminine, and sly, mischievous Jane is (usually) the dark feminine.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: In Show of the Weekend: Nier Automata and the Vase of Mescutio, Ellen has to ad-lib a story about a coffee cup. At one point, she comes up with the "Dark Wizard Andy" while Andy is just off-screen.
  • The Load: Exo Nebula, the "intern" who assisted the gang on some of their Grand Theft Auto Online heists proved to be more of a hindrance than a help and the trio had to actively take measures to make sure he wouldn't cause a mission failure. Mike even called the player a "Soft Lad" in frustration.
  • Look Both Ways: Whenever the Outsidexbox crew plays Grand Theft Auto Online, they have a particular habit of being run over when crossing the road. Whether it's by each other, other players, or NPCs. An infamous example is when Andy gets knocked by a truck into the path of another car which pins him against a van which then properly runs over him followed by the second car.
  • Lovable Coward:
    • Andy doesn't really do well with horror games. Naturally he's always the one with the controller when the team plays them.
    • Ellen is even worse. There are two videos specifically about how scary she finds something.
    • October 2020 brought us the Ellen's Fear Academy series of livestreams, in which Ellen plays a different scary game each week while one of the other team members provides (questionable) moral support from the observation chamber.note  The resulting jumpscare supercut is an hour long.
  • Lying to Protect Your Feelings:
    • Jane claims that her mother believes that Jane is a doctor:
    Jane: A white lie is a falsehood told to protect someone's feelings, like when you tell your mum you're a doctor instead of someone who makes videos about video games on YouTube for a living. [phone rings] Hi, Mum! Yeah, can't talk right now... I've got a bleeder! Um... I'm starting CPR! Someone get me some gauze and a crash cart and 10 CCs of... gauze!
    • During the Resident Evil Village playthrough, Jane missed the Castle Dimistrecu playthrough and, when she returned, she wondered where the tall vampire lady went.
    Andy: Oh, she's...tired and told us to continue without her.
    Jane: Where did you get that crystal tall vampire lady?
    Andy: Found it.
    Commenter: Tell her she went to live on a farm upstate with the other tall vampire ladies.
  • Mad Bomber: When playing most games, particularly Hitman (2016), Mike tends to gravitate towards explosions or fire, a personality he hams up for the camera.
    Commenter: New viewer here, I accidentally clicked to the end of the video and Mike's crotch was on fire, is this normal?
    Andy:(shaking his head while Mike attempts to light matches on fire) Sadly, yes.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: Show of the Week's viewer mail segment is introduced by one of the hosts announcing that it's time to look at the comments viewers have made on Youtube, on Twitter, or [elaborate and impractical alternative method of communication].
  • Mad Scientist: Jane is the most scientifically educated of the team, and is repeatedly indicated to have a slightly more than usual enthusiasm for world domination. That said, most of her actual experiments consist of dicking around with her teammates and/or videogame NPCs.
    • Luke slips into this when testing whether VR made Resident Evil 7 scarier. When someone introduces you to "Dr Luke's Horrortorium", it's probably time to leave.
  • Mafia Princess: Apparently, Ellen is one in her spare time, if her Suspiciously Specific Denial about boys and cement shoes is anything to go by.
  • Magic Antidote:
    • Jane poisons Andy at one point, promising him the antidote later. When asked where he wants to go for lunch following the show's Running Gag, Andy asks if the new Chinese place down the street makes antidote.
    • In one "Show of the Weekend" episode, Jane also has a magical elixir that cures with one drop but brings the living death with two. Once Luke turns it down, she chugs it straight from the bottle.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In the stinger of one Show of the Week, Andy is murdered off camera by an Ax-Crazy Jane with a nail gun. This is represented by his voice being heard calmly remarking "Argh, nails."
  • Makes As Much Sense In Context: Ellen explains Death Stranding to Luke, who replies "Am I still awake?"
  • Malicious Misnaming: In "Seven Superheroes Betrayed by Their Own Crappy Game," Ellen criticizes the title of Captain America in: The Doom Tube of Dr. Megalomann for being "weird" and "hard to remember." She proves her point by misreading it in several creative ways throughout the rest of the segment.
  • Medal of Dishonor: In this video's intro, Andy holds up a certificate for "most times resuscitated" in a swimming course he took in 2016. Even the clip art on the award is inverted, to make it look like he's going in head first.
  • Mistaken Identity: There's actually two Jane Douglass's in the past: A brothel keeper in mid 17th century London and a Scottish noblewoman. This is addressed in a Show of the Week episode where Jane corrects an Amazon Echo to say that Jane isn't a vampire and has a perfectly normal human lifespan.
  • Mondegreen Gag: In "7 Fan Theories So Mind-Blowing We Hope They're True", Mike mishears a quote from the end of the first Halo game:
    Mike: The only one to survive the complete destruction of the Halo was some dude called Dustin Echoes. This Dustin Echoes guy must be a total badass!
    Andy: [off-screen] Dust and echoes!
    Mike: Yeah, I... knew that. I was just... testing you...
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: In the "7 Weirdest Easter Eggs" video, Jane goes to great lengths to avoid saying exactly what song by The Prodigy is being referenced by the line "Smack my bishop" from Assassin's Creed: Valhalla.
  • Nice Hat: In more than one list video, both Jane and Mike have mentioned how they can be incentivized to do certain things in games if the reward is a stylish hat.
    Jane: I need to stop making decisions to become things based on how cool a hat you get.

    Andy: [off-screen during the customary "please like and subscribe" outro] Mike, you love hats. What would you do for this cool hat? [presents a cowboy hat]
    Mike: Uh... I'd beg to people to like and subscribe. I'm not proud, but I'll do it!
  • No Animals Were Harmed:
    • A video about fake-out endings features a fake credits roll partway through ending with "No animals were harmed in the making of this video except that one marmoset."
    • A later Show of the Week returning to the topic also has a fake credits roll partway through, this one ending with "No animals were harmed in the making of this programme, except that one bad cat who totally had it coming, don't believe his lies."
  • No OSHA Compliance:
  • No Sympathy:
    • Played for laughs. When playing Grand Theft Auto Online, Jane scolds Andy for getting shot.
      Andy: What's wrong with us is that we're not invulnerable to bullets and the bullets went into us and made holes into us...
      Jane: Yeah, I'm hearing a lot of excuses, Andy, not a lot of solutions.
    • When Andy gets his superhero cape stuck in passing cars, Jane would rather pose for selfies.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: In the 7 Alien Races That Look Like Beautiful Human Women by Amazing Coincidence video, Mike describes the Orions and adds "This isn't some fanfic written by a horny 13-year old, this is the real thing".
  • Not So Above It All: While playing Among Us on the airship map, Ian and Wheels spent all the time joking about the ketchup and mustard bottles in the kitchen. Luke, as Ian's partner in chaos, is eager to go along...and the more serious minded Ellen, Jane, and Aoife all join in.
  • Off the Rails: Discussed by guest presenter Johnny Chiodini, the Dicebreaker and dungeon master for the Oxbox crew's Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, in 7 Ways D&D Players Destroy Their DM's Plans. They use their experiences with the crew to describe each situation and means to avoid these situations.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Played with. While Jane can rattle off random science facts not covered by her master's in physics, she's often at a loss whenever Mike asks her something unrelated.
    • While playing Kerbal Space Program, after Mike's disastrous attempt:
      Mike: Go on then, Jane. With your degree in theoretical physics...
      Jane: It's got nothing to do with that; I just did the tutorial!
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: whenever Batman: Arkham City comes up, expect a reminder of how Jane once left Batman to die when playing as Catwoman.
    Jane: Just to see what would happen!
  • One Head Taller: Not in a romantic sense, but there is a very noticeable height difference between Luke and Ellen, which tends to crop up in their videos.
  • One Steve Limit: During livestreams with Dicebreaker, there is another Mike: Michael Whelan. He is frequently referred to as "Wheels" to avoid confusion.
  • Oop North: Ellen is tasked with coming up with voices for normally unvoiced animal characters in video games. When she reaches Senu, the hawk, Andy immediately interrupts and gives her this kind of accent. Ellen and Luke can barely control themselves.
  • Organ Autonomy: "Eight Platforming Heroes Who Never Escaped the '90s" introduces a new Oxtra mascot, Mr. Wavy (a glove with googly eyes, worn by Ellen). It ends poorly.
  • Orphaned Series: The Shenmue II Let's Play. Turns out the save got corrupted.
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope:
    • During a video about the most untrustworthy people in video games, Mike remarks that he is so trustworthy, you can feel free to leave your bank details in the comments section of the video. Next on screen is the phrase "Do not give Mike Channell your bank details."
    • During a video describing the worst gaming peripherals to ever hit the market, Jane remarks that if she wanted to get electrocuted, she could stick a fork in a toaster and not spend 99 pounds to do it. The bottom of the screen displays: "Do not stick a fork in a toaster."
    • When Andy and Jane attempted to recreate a cocktail from a recipe they read in Dishonored 2note , they read "ice, a handful, and nutmeg, fresh" as "a handful of nutmeg." A disclaimer at the bottom of the video claims "Spoiler: This is a dangerous amount of nutmeg. Like seriously, a dangerous amount. Do not eat this much nutmeg ever."
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Andy describes Parappa The Rapper as "definitely in my Top 3 Games About A Rapping Dog Of All Time".
  • Palette Swap: Invoked by Mike when Jane asks him to tag in his partner for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. He leaves the camera, and returns in a new T-shirt, declaring himself to be a palette-swapped character.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • In the Show of the Week for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Andy mocks the disguise of "Violet" as obviously being Lee. Mike then shows up at the end of the show wearing a green wig calling himself "Verdent."
    • The "Eight Disguises That Aren't Fooling Anyone" video features several examples of video games using this trope. It's presented by "Leonardo Micstand (a person you've never seen before)", who is obviously Andy hiding behind a wig, a false nose, and a Line-of-Sight Name — at least until the end of the video, when the real Andy shows up and chases him away.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Used a few times as a response to drama (in-game or out). At one point, Andy opts for some tea during "7 Games That Were Nearly Extremely Boring," while covering the clash between Apple and Microsoft over Bungie Software and the Halo IP.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Andy in "8 Achievements That Took Serious Planning: Commenter Edition" admits that the username of commenter DJomnific3nt is "a wicked cool password if you're looking for one."
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: In one video, Ellen claims that she only started her career as a Youtuber due to a typo, and that actually all her training was as a yewcuber, which she explains is a person who cuts yew trees into wooden cubes.
  • Person as Verb:
    • To "Ellen"note  someone is to ask them a multiple choice question where the correct answer is not given as one of the choices.
    • To "Mike" is to undertake a stealth or otherwise non-action game with as much violence or action as possible. Going "Full Mike" means to approach a stealth mission in a manner with all the subtlety of a full-on gunship assault and with only slightly lower round count.
    • They appear to have started using "John Marston-ing" to describe the act of exploiting someone's desire to find/acquire something or someone else by promising you'll help them do if they just complete your (often increasingly pointless or unpleasant) busywork for you.
  • Playful Otter: The "please stand by" caption page for the Outside Xtra livestreams feature pictures of a couple of friendly-looking otters.
    "Patience is a virtue", they seem to say.
    • They return for the outro, with the caption "Looks like these otters enjoyed the stream."
      • Ellen has also acquired an otter plushie as a quarantine stream mascot, which was promptly named Ottsio Ottertore.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: In the second Animal Crossing: New Horizons livestream, this is Andy's reaction to Luke going to his island in a purple bath towel and not much else. Luke puts up resistance to that request.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
    • Andy drops one during the Assault on Fort Mercer in Red Dead Redemption.
      Andy: [while on a Gatling gun] Do you suffer from lead deficiency? Allow me to...sort that out for you.
    • Luke drops one in Xtra's second episode of the Kingdom of Amalur Let's Play.
      Luke: All right brownies, Welcome to Hell. Population: you.
  • Precision F-Strike: During a Let's Play of Alien: Isolation
    Jane: Come on, this is for science, Mike.
    Mike: [Sound-Effect Bleep] Science!
  • Product Placement:
    • Some videos about new games have "Sponsored Content" in the title.
    • Jane's astronaut training wasn't explicitly part of the promotional effort for Mass Effect: Andromeda, but the "Andromeda Initiative" patches on everyone's jumpsuits were a bit of a giveaway.
    • Discussed in the "7 Awkward Product Placements That Put You Off Said Product, Probably" video, discussing placements gone bad. They parody this by offering a strange product called Wondergel that tastes like cinnamon. They say it does everything, but it kills the plants and Andy faints when drinking it.
  • Punny Name:
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: Luke has the personality down pat.
    • When noticing a jumbo jet sliding towards him (and later, when Mike mentions finding unexploded World War II ordnance while digging in his garden), Luke could only muster "This could be a problem."
    • When playing Soul Calibur VI at a preview event with Andy, he manages to get shoved out of the ring. His response: "I strongly dislike what happened just now." He then remarks he will send a sternly worded letter, and if that doesn't work, he'll try disdainful tutting.
  • Rage Quit: Jane is supposedly prone to these. (Considering her reaction to slimes escaping and eating her other resources in Slime Rancher, it's unclear how much of this is a joke.)
    • From "7 Final Bosses You Got to Play As":
      Lord of the Rings: Conquest is a game of two halves. Much like football—or Monopoly, when I lose at Monopoly and rip the board in half.
    • From the commenter edition of "7 'Bad' Endings":
      Now, I could have sworn that the ending of Dark Souls is you Frisbee-ing the disk into a quarry after your four hundredth defeat to Ornstein and Smough. But apparently there is more game after that?
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Jane's response to the spider from Limbo is just a series of "nope"s followed by leaving the room.
  • A Rare Sentence: Andy had never heard the phrase "Jacuzzi emergency landing" prior to this video, while Mike had never used the phrase "maybe Brooker will have turned around and I'll have a clear shot at the testicles" prior to this one.
  • Relax-o-Vision: During the live let's-play of Friday the 13th: The Game's single-player challenge mode, Andy, Jane and Mike find the Death by Sex cutscene in the "Packanack Party" level so disturbing on multiple levels that when they fail the level and have to retry, they cut the game feed during the cutscene and just show their horrified reactions (and Jane attempting to hum a relaxing tune). Not an entirely straight example, because the audience does get to see the full horror the first time around.
  • Running Gag:
    • Almost every "Show of the Week" video ends with two of the cast-members deciding to go for lunch, only for something (of varying degrees of surreality) to intervene and prevent them from doing so.
    • While not as prevalent, there's an ongoing joke about the team's pronunciation of the word 'beta'note  whenever an upcoming game's open beta starts.
    • Ellen's Outside Xbox fanfiction gets mentioned quite frequently.
    • "Show of the Week/Weekend" segments getting interrupted by an outside party, who asks what's going on, and gets a response along the lines of "Normal things!"
    • Whenever Andy goes outside the studio, he always ends up going insane.
    • The typical Lame Pun Reaction goes something like this:
    Person On-Screen:note  [Makes an Incredibly Lame Pun]
    Person Off-Screen:note  BOOOOOOO!
    Person On-Screen: [Responds, usually either by smirking, doubling down on the pun or protesting]
    Person Off-Screen: Boo.
    • Whenever someone mentions having an agent, it will always be Andy with a new piece accessory and some ridiculous name (usually Bud Fensler).
    • Andy (and occasionally Luke) responding to new or interesting developments with "Wellity, wellity, wellity."
      Jane (from the "Metacritic Worst Game Challenge" stream): It's a bit like Shakespeare, you know; you're doing Simpsons references all the time without realizing it, because it's so influential.
    • Any video involving a Batman game will contain one or more of: jokes about nobody realizing Batman and Bruce Wayne are the same man (usually involving a comment about them clearly having the same chin); lampshading of how badly gameplay stretches Batman's "no killing" rule; Andy rating the Arkham series version of the Riddler as Batman's least effective adversary ever.
    • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is always rendered as "Leggle Marvos".
    • Ellen in real life quite likes Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, but the presenters of both shows tend to exaggerate this to absurd levels.
    • Mike's attempts at stealth in games inevitably devolving into explosions and murder. Both in and of itself and his habit of doing this being mentioned, to the point his name is used as a verb to describe this happening.
    • Whenever they stream Mario Party, Peach is a despot who must be kept poor at all costs, it's good luck to poison Monty Mole, and the whole game is midway between Game of Thrones and the Russian Revolution.
    • A stream for Quiplash 3 with Dicebreaker and Eurogamer contains answers such as someone claiming to be Jane to get votes, "Tall Vampire Lady", and "Cook Hot Meat".
  • Sanity Slippage: The Spelunky 2 livestream may have broken Luke.
    "Mhm, mhm, mhm, mmkay, okay, okay— 'Do you need to take a break, Luke?' says [a viewer in chat]. No. Take a break? Do people think I need to take a break? I don't think so. I don't think anyone's saying that. Let's buy more bombs."
  • Saying Too Much: Luke admits that he and Mike celebrate Christmas starting in November. This leads Ellen to remark that she got their admission on tape, causing Andy and Cameraman John to haul them off to Christmas Jail until December, when one can finally start celebrating Christmas.
  • Scenery Porn: The first Let's Play Hokkaido video has both Andy and Jane take a brief holiday in 47's suite, not leaving their starting point for what appears to be a good couple of minutes. Andy immediately notices the view, and Jane is simply in awe of the mountain view the room looks over.
  • Screaming at Squick: Neither Andy nor Mike takes Who Will Get The Girl? diving into the Uncanny Valley at all well.
    Mike: MY EYES!
  • Self-Deprecation: To wit, this makes a huge portion of their humour. They know they're not skilled players and have no problem lampooning that fact. For example:
    • To celebrate reaching one million subscribers, they made a video titled "11 Times We Were Just the Worst at Stealth" which showed highlights of their long history of being bad at being sneaky (mostly Mike or under the advice of Mike).
    • At the start of 2016, they looked back at their epic fails in 2015. There were quite a number of them.
    • And again for 2017.
    • Jane does it when discussing the opening werewolf fight from Bloodborne in "7 Games That Tried To Kill You Immediately, Part 2":
    Jane: But if you're good enough at Bloodborne, you can instead beat this werewolf to death with your bare fists and just carry on about your business. (cut to a clip of Jane being killed by the werewolf, then back to Jane) And that's where a clip of that happening would have gone if I'd ever been able to do it.
  • Serial Killer: Andy's version of Agent 47 falls into this during the Colorado mission in Hitman (2016), starting by taking a mannequin arm as a trophy and culminating in completing an assassination while dressed as a scarecrow. In a subsequent mission, he adopts a costume based on Ghostface from Scream.
  • Serious Business:
    • Playing Mouse Trap. That is, the 1980s children's board game Mouse Trap.
    • Space Buddies in Among Us, when you stick with your buddy no matter what. It doesn't matter if they're a murdering shapeshifting impostor.
    Andy: I'll die before I turn on my Space Buddy.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The crews' method of explaining all the adult jokes in the "7 Joke We Didn't Get Until Much Later" video and it's inevitable "Commenter Edition" was by explaining the jokes in a roundabout way that, surprisingly, makes none of them use any profanities or naming the actual...acts on camera.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Invoked with "Sniper Luigi", their play on Luigi's role in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle as the sniper, who in their reckoning becomes a traumatised, dead-eyed veteran of an endless war against the Rabbids who knows nothing but cold, remorseless death delivered from a distance.
    Luke: He doesn't feel anything, not any more. The first 100 times, sure, but not now.
  • Shipper on Deck: Jane, in particular, is very invested in 47 and Diana.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Single-Issue Wonk: Luke is generally quite laidback and relaxed about things, but he can get very intense on the subject of dinosaurs and the accurate depiction thereof (he's particularly concerned that theropods such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor be depicted with the feathers that contemporary science indicates they should have), much to the exasperation of his much-less-concerned-about-accurate-dinosaurs workmates.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: While the cast keep any real life romantic entanglements quiet, it is quite notable that Token Evil Teammate Jane always chooses the most sweet and wholesome video game boyfriends possible. Alistair, Kaidan and Jacob are three of her favorite romance options.
  • Skewed Priorities: Jane and Luke are big fans of Life Is Strange and, in particular, the character of Chloe. This leads to one video wherein the main character, Max, is vocally condemned because she gets a bit flaky about responding to Chloe's text messages. Which is fair enough by itself, no one likes being blanked after all, but can lead to some eyebrows being raised considering that in this same video, both of the people condemning Max for this reveal calmly that they are perfectly happy to choose the game ending where the entire town is destroyed and hundreds of people are killed simply because it means that Chloe is okay and some of those people were mean to her anyway.
  • Something Only They Would Say: During a trivia livestream where the goal is to guess who drew a picture, Mike immediately guesses that Andy drew a chainsaw, because the person wielding screamed "Groovy!" as a Shout-Out to [1]'s Ash Williams. And he was right.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep:
    • During one "Show of the Weekend" episode, they bleep out all of the components in a puzzle in Thimbleweed Park that Andy is explaining, to avoid spoilers.
    • Another video has them joke that if they let James speak, they have to pay him more.
      James: Hey! I-[BLEEEEEP]
      Mike: Ha, nice try. We'll just bleep all of that.
      James: [longer BLEEEEEEP while Mike and Andy look disturbed]
      Andy: Well. We're definitely going to have to bleep that.
  • Southern Belle: Evangeline Greennote , who supposedly dubs over Andy's lines for the American localisation of Oxbox videos. (Sadly, this joke has only been used once so far.)
  • Spiders Are Scary: They certainly are to Ellen, who has arachnophobia. Luke once showed her footage of different video game spiders to scientifically ascertain how scary she found them, and she has been known to go Screw This, I'm Out of Here! when facing really big spiders like that one in Resident Evil 2.
  • Spit Take: Invoked in the OX Supporters Club announcement video:
    Mike: We've been [making videos] for bloody ages. Let me just take a sip of water while Jane tells you exactly how long.
    Jane: Ten years!
    Mike: [spits out water]
  • Squee:
    • Ellen's reaction to Mike's description of the Palicoes in Monster Hunter: World, and to pretty much anything involving the Poogie in the same game.
    • Ellen, again, pretty much continually while playing Moss.
    • Luke isn't immune, as we learned from one of the Breath of the Wild streams.
      (Link meets Kheel, one of Kass and Amali's chicks)
      Ellen and Luke: Awww!
      Ellen: Oh my God! (unintelligible)
      Luke: Ellen, it's like you in a bird form!
  • The Stinger: Episodes of "Show of the Week" end with one. Usually two of the hosts attempt to go out for lunch, but fail to for various reasons.
  • Stocking Filler: Ellen frequently wears black stockings and a skirt.
  • The Stoic:
    • Mike has been mentioned to be nearly robotic when it comes to jump scares and other moments in horror games as opposed to frequently-scared Andy or Ellen.
    • Luke was this when venturing through a word of weirdness in Far Cry 5's Arcade Edition map, invoking floating clocks, spooky goats, and architecture shaped like tongues.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: In this video on 8 Alternate Costumes with Serious Explaining to Do, Andy brings up the Batman Beyond skin from the Arkham Knight games. He points out the rear of Bats is really distracting in that costume, and then does a Gag Sub of Bruce saying "Nothing at all!" three times, which then cuts to Andy squicked out and says:
    Andy: GaaAaAhHh, Stupid Sexy Batman!
  • Stylistic Suck: Show of the Week has a polished animated opening sequence. Show of the Weekend, on the other hand, has to make do with the title written in black marker on a notepad with Luke (badly) singing along to a ukelele.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Their liveshow at EGX 2017 opened with a voice that is clearly Andy insisting that they "definitely have their own announcer so stop asking".
    • The "Eight Disguises That Aren't Fooling Anyone" video is presented by a mysterious person who looks just like Andy wearing a wig and a false nose, who makes several comments along the lines of "That's an even worse disguise than the one that I would be wearing if I were wearing a disguise, which I'm not".
    • One episode of Show of the Weekend has Ellen accidentally shoot Andy with a VR aim controller. After hiding his body behind the purple sofa, Luke delivers the opening lyrics of the show with some twists.
      Luke: Show of the Weekend, everything is cool. Show of the Weekend, we didn't kill Andy.
      Ellen: Play the thing!note 
    • After a commenter jokes about Andy playing as if Mike were the one at the controls:
      Mike: Don't be ridiculous, Andy! How would I even go about constructing a voodoo doll that would allow me to remote control you? I mean, where would I find the scraps of clothing and bits of hair required to complete the ritual?
      Andy: ...that's pretty specific.
    • Mike's sure that he's never mentioned his love of Dark Souls on the Outside Xtra channel, or the Outside Xbox channel, or just to bored family members over dinner.
    • The re-release of Kingdoms of Amalur for the Xbox One was not easy on Ellen.
      Luke: ...Hang on, are those the same clothes that you were wearing last week?
      Ellen: (stammers) I've been home. I've bathed! Did Mike tell you otherwise? 'Cause he's a goddamn liar.
    • In the list video "7 Acronyms So Painful They Need an Ice Pack: Commenter Edition", Luke accidentally reveals that he might not be what he seems:
      Luke: When a breed of sinister robots is killing people and taking their places, your primary concerns should be: 1) What kick-ass name can we give the anti-robot taskforce and 2) Does anyone realize that I'm one of those robots? Wait, I've said too much...
      Luke: After all, who could possibly hope to get anything straightened out by an organization whose name stands for "Japanese Undercover Neuro Kinetic Elimination Ranger", which is exactly the kind of pitiful human word garbage that I, as a regular human, have no problem with.
    • Show of the Week for 14 December 2012:
      Jane: Welcome to Show of the Week, which is definitely a real show about video games, and not a money laundering operation for illegal backstreet gambling.
      Mike: That was unusually specific.
      Jane: And you'll stay out of it if you know what's good for you.
  • The Swear Jar: OX has jars for referencing Aliens: Colonial Marines, getting "Lost in The Outsider's eyes", making Dark Souls comparisons, and engaging in "Video Game Journalism Cliches" (such as, well, making Dark Souls comparisons).
  • Take Over the World: This appears to be Jane's long-term objective. How playing Mass Effect plays into this is left as an exercise for the reader.
  • Take That!:
    • Aliens: Colonial Marines is the team's favorite punching bag.
    • Ellen takes a couple of swipes at the Homefront games in one video, but elsewhere they're Beneath Notice.
    • The general theme in "7 Irritating Problems Video Games Suddenly Have Now", which takes potshots at Temporary Online Content (which leads to Ellen making some truly awful Sean Bean puns), the prevalence of Lootboxes in games that are as unreliable as they are rewarding, and having multiple editions for the same game that causes confusion and requires a spreadsheet to make sense of, among other things.
    • In "7 WTF Bosses Who Have Some Explaining to Do," the Morgan Freeman boss fight in South Park: The Fractured But Whole leads Andy to an uncomfortable realization.
      Andy: In the South Park universe, Morgan Freeman's acting career has hit the skids—unlike in real life, where he's starring in the upcoming (checks notes) third movie in the Olympus Has Fallen series, Angel Has Fallen. (Aside Glance)
    • Their reaction stream of the 2021 Xbox E3 showcase had unwanted Arabic subtitles. Jane didn't want to fiddle with settings during a trailer for an exciting game, so she had a try during the Fallout 76 update announcement.
  • Technobabble: In "7 Times a Game Was So Meta It Freaked You Out: The Return", Luke appends the entry for Psychonauts with various gaming colloquialisms' that sound like this; Looter Shooternote , Easter Eggnote , Camping note , Nerfnote , Rogue-like and Rogue-litenote , and Cheesenote .
  • Tempting Fate:
    • If you were to pick any one of their Let's Plays at random, start playing it, and hold your breath, you wouldn't have to wait very long before one of the crew confidently declares how well everything seems to be going mere moments before everything goes completely to pot. Almost guaranteed to happen if the one playing is Mike.
    • In the "7 Famous Movie Moments Ruined by the Game Adaptation", Andy cheerfully remarks that since movies and video games are two great things, putting them together should go well, and "what could be the worst that could happen." Immediately, a picture of Aliens: Colonial Marines is displayed.
      Andy: [indignant] You get that out of here!
    • While playing a game of Mario Party, Luke lands on a Bad Luck space literally one space before the star, and remarks that if he gets the result where the Star space moves, he will murder everyone in the bar they're playing at. No prizes for guessing his result.
    • During an Among Us playthrough using the proximity chat feature, Luke jokingly suggests bunching up together, so the Impostor could get a stack kill. Then it happens.note 
    • During a challenge in which the crew must spin a wheel and determine which spicy jellybean to eat, Luke hopes he doesn't get the Carolina Reaper. Predict what he gets.
  • The Tetris Effect:
    • At one point, Mike loses the ability to distinguish between reality and Peggle 2.
    • Ellen plays so many Lego games that she becomes temporarily convinced she's a minifigure.
    • Jane gets so addicted to the balloon hide-and-seek feature of Super Mario Odyssey she steals the balloons at a birthday party. She wasn't sure whose birthday it was, but from the balloons, she thinks they were five years old.
  • That Came Out Wrong: On "Show of the Weekend" for 26 January 2019, Mike and Luke are talking about decluttering, and the idea that one should get rid of everything that does not "spark joy." Mike is not keen.
    Mike: Every single bit of my junk sparks joy.
Then he remembers the slang meaning of "junk."
  • That's All, Folks!: List features end with this. One of the hosts thanks the viewer for watching, encourages them to like the video and subscribe to the channel, and then rambles to encourage the viewer to watch more videos.
  • Tinfoil Hat:
    • When Super Mario Odyssey was released, Luke covers his hat in tinfoil to prevent Mario from possessing himnote . Ellen thinks he is paranoid, but then a Mario-hat wearing Andy comes over, talking like Mario and asks which one of them would like to give him their brain. Ellen immediately steals the hat from Luke's head.
    • During an episode about Far Cry 5, Luke is making a tinfoil hat because he's convinced the developers stole his idea to make Cheeseburger the bear.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Jane.
  • Touché: Ellen in the video "7 Ridiculously Expensive Games for When You Win the Lottery" which talks about ludicrously expensive games. She name drops the "Saints Row IV: Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition", which cost a million dollars, and gave you a copy of the game, a Toyota Prius, a Lamborghini Gallardo, plastic surgery, and too many other things to list here. She points out that nobody bought it and it was basically made to drum up publicity for the game... which she fell for by talking about it in the video. She promptly offers a "well played" to the developers.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Luke's The Evil Within 2-inspired choose-your-own-adventure "labyrinth of unhappiness" ends with the surprise revelation that Ellen was playing as "Milk Penguin", a white-fluid covered bird that appears in the trailer (and which Luke insists is a penguin, despite everyone else telling him it's a crow). When Ellen reacts with indignant incredulity to this revelation, a montage of clips is shown that demonstrate that the revelation actually was foreshadowed quite carefully throughout the storynote .
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Jane's libation of choice is gin.
    • Luke really likes macaroons. His love of them got him trapped in the office over Christmas.
    • More than once, Andy has mentioned a love of barbecue, and said if he ever got magic powers, he would have the power to make perfect barbecue.
  • Trap Door:
    • Andy had set one up in celebration of the 25th anniversary edition of Night Trap. Instead of catching Jane, he catches James.
    • Jane has one that she uses to launch Andy out of a window.
  • Uncanny Valley: Ellen and Luke discuss this in a video about scariest spiders in a video game, as Ellen has arachnophobia. Some of the ones she's asked to review are actually not all that scary, such as Video Game/Minecraft, Dark Souls, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons because the spiders are so unrealistic looking that the concept of the spider is scarier than what she sees. This is in contrast to the more realistic scuttling and photorealistic spiders of Arachnogohma in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and the Black Tiger of the Resident Evil remake, whose motions fill her with dread.
  • Understatement: Luke has a knack for this.
    • In Grand Theft Auto Online he describes a plane falling towards his character with a surprisingly calm "This could be a problem."
    • In his Bloodborne livestream, he sees a matted, feral, vicious-looking werewolf emerging from a pool of blood and describes it as "not ideal."
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Played for laughs; Andy can get quite competitive whenever the crew are pitted against each other, and can indulge in a bit of gloating if he comes out on top. Such as in "Ellen's Big SNES Decision", when she eventually chooses his suggestion for which game she'd play first on the SNES Mini if she happened to acquire onenote :
    Andy: YES!!! I am the best at... liking SNES games.
    • Ellen's victory at "Wimbledungeons" (a tabletop-game tennis simulator) was also... less than dignified.
  • Verbal Backspace: Jane isn't impressed by the masks in We Happy Few, because she's worn creepier - seen creepier.
  • The Voice: James can be heard in the videos every so often. They "revealed" his face in the 2 Million Subscribers video, though he had appeared on camera before- most notably in his own State of Decay Let's Play series.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Mike is physically disgusted by the Great Mighty Poo, to the point that he has to vomit into a bucket.
  • Voodoo Doll: In one Show of the Week, Mike makes a voodoo doll of Andy (out of an action figure) so he can remotely control Andy to play a game when he's not able to attend a video session in person. The bit ends with him clumsily dropping the doll, and Andy suffering an Offscreen Crash.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: When Ellen was doing a stream of Cyberpunk 2077, a size mismatch between character model and clothing caused the model's breasts to clip through its clothes. Corpsing ensued.
  • Waxing Lyrical:
    • In the "7 Times a Game Over was More Fun than Winning" video, Luke starts quoting Spice Girls after observing that the villain in the game he's discussing looks like Posh Spice.
    • Later in the same video, Ellen quotes Spandau Ballet.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Occasionally, one of the crew will go off on a rant that gets interrupted by a test pattern, only cutting back once they've gotten it out of their system. In "7 Superheroes Betrayed by Their Own Crappy Game," for example, Ellen is not a fan of the Daredevil movie.
    • When Jane gets going in the "Titanfall Drinking Game" episode, it cuts away to a Stick of Truth-style Relax-o-Vision screen, apologizing for her swearing "like a sailor with his hornpipe caught in the ship's wheel."
    • Then, of course, there's what happens whenever Amalur is mentioned around Ellen.
      Outside Xtra: (in a pinned comment under the "7 Disastrous Games" video) No, even with Re-Reckoning out, Ellen is still not over the whole Kingdoms of Amalur thing... THERE WAS A NEARLY FINISHED MMO, PEOPLE, NO STOP DRAGGING ME AWAY FROM THE KEYBOA-
  • What Do You Mean It's Not Heinous?: Mike offers two statements about himself: One is true, and the other is a lie. The statements are that he once played the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, or that he once played Jean Valjean and hasn't told Luke about it. Luke's reaction:
    Luke: Well, it better bloody be the dentist!
    Andy: Because if it isn't...
    Jane: Friendship over!
    Andy: You're getting a Jean Valjean sized ass whooping.
    Luke: Everything is on the line.
    Jane: There is an amnesty for playing Jean Valjean but you have to say it now.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: A Pet-Peeve Trope for the cast is when actors in games do shoddy accents, especially Fake Brits. Makes sense, since they're actually English themselves.
    • Ironically, they're not above doing this themselves, as Ellen proves when she tries to give Dogmeat from Fallout 76 a Boston accent.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Jane and Ellen are terrified of spiders and arachnids in general. Ellen, in particular, won't even play a game if it features spider enemies and is holding off on playing the console version of Skyrim until she can mod the many many spiders into something she isn't scared of.
    • In this video, Jane's entire contribution to the segment about the spider from Limbo is just a stream of "nope" before leaving her seat.
    • At one point Xtra got an entire video out of Ellen rating various videogame spiders from "creepy but endurable" to "refusing to look at the screen".
    • While discussing Prey (2017) she remarks it was less creepy when four Mimics split up rather than having one, just because the extra legs made it look like a spider.
    • And in this video, on learning that the final boss that the video is discussing is the giant spider/scorpion from Devil May Cry Ellen nopes out of there as quickly as possible and has to be replaced by Andy.
  • With Catlike Tread:
    Mike: (on Hitman (2016), a game that penalizes you every time you kill someone other than the 2-4 targets) Now, unfortunately, I've not been allowed to bring a gun, which is going to make it extremely difficult to kill my usual nineteen people...
    • Pointing this out has essentially become a Running Gag, both by himself and by everyone else, with even some descriptions calling him such things as a 'whirling tornado of clumsy murder'.
  • World of Weirdness: The Show of the Week/End videos have essentially ended up here due to the Rule of Funny. Andy has become a vampire, a sentient planet, and gone insane everytime he leaves the studio; Mike a zombie (both temporarily), and was once raffled off to a fan; the studio has been attacked by aliens and malevolent wigs, and the studio has changed locations to be inside of a volcano, in a secret underwater lair, and in the middle of an Ancient Roman battlefield; and Luke and Ellen used a Pikachu toy with the power of time travel to retroactively attend a Nintendo Switch event.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Jane at least would allow a child to get hurt and possibly die (in a video game, that is). In Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter, she's curious to see what happens when Wiggins, one of the Baker Street Irregulars, stays inside a chimney while suffocating and again when he deliberately loses his balance on top of a narrow piece of wood across rooftops.
  • You Fool!: During a game of Among Us, Ellen gives one when the group votes to eliminate her.
  • You Have Failed Me: One possible outcome whenever Jane plays a management game. During an Evil Genius 2 livestream, for example, she requested likes from the viewers, with "overling" Andy monitoring them...
    Jane: Did you? We'll know if you didn't.
    Andy: You're going in The Pit if you didn't.
  • Your Mom: When Jane finishes a heavily-censored Cluster F-Bomb in "Show of the Week: The Titanfall Drinking Game", she pulls this on Mike:
    Mike: Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
    Jane: I kiss your mother with this mouth!

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From top left, clockwise: Corazón, Dob, Prudence, Merilwen, Egbert the Careless. Artwork by Bendix.

  • Abusive Parents: Corazón's dad, Lord Milquetoast, is perfectly fine with having his son killed for embarrassing the family name.
    Prudence: Corazón, your father's kind of a dick.
    Corazón: Yeah, tell me about it! That's why I live as a pirate now.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: The characters only have graphics for one facing, so in the occasional animated scenes, features like Corazón's eyepatch and Merilwen's scar switch sides when they turn around.
  • Amusing Injuries: Tag-along character Bizmuth takes a nasty fall during "Rolling in the Deep," and her legs telescope into her torso. Johnny notes that she has a pair of "worrying" bumps poking out of her shoulders.
    Octo-Merilwen: That's the problem with having bones!
  • Angrish: When Dob asks what the point is of money in "Ship Happens", Corazón starts to sound like he's grabbing bits of words out of a hat and saying them in a random order.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Egbert believes in gods, undead and higher powers, but refuses to believe in ghosts.
  • Arrow Catch: Egbert pulls off several of these after he rolls a 20 on his saving throw against a trap wall that shoots arrows.
  • Attack Pattern Alpha: Dob and Merilwen have created the "Bear Down Protocol." Dob picks up a cat-form Merilwen, using his Dexterity to accurate aim her, and her small size for a huge velocity. While she is in flight, Merilwen Wild Shapes into a bear, not losing her momentum.
  • Audience Participation: The "Wild Wild Woods" saga had Andy ask Johnny what the second largest animal trapped in the cages was, since the largest (a bear) was already freed by Merilwen. Before Johnny can answer, an audience member shouts "FLAMINGO!". However Johnny heard "big goat" and decides to go with that and thus is born Michael the Really Big Goat.
  • Author Avatar: Played for laughs; each of the characters shares certain notable similarities with the person who role-plays him or her:
    • Merilwen is a huge animal lover with a particular fondness for cats, as Ellen is;
    • Prudence is an Ax-Crazy lunatic with a fondness for killing people in creatively horrible ways, in keeping with both Jane's video game play-style (she can be very creatively ruthless) and her Memetic Mutation persona as an evil Mad Scientist type who enjoys coming up with creatively horrible experiments on her co-workers;
    • Egbert is a well-meaning but clumsy fellow who's various contributions to proceedings tend to be rather direct, explosive and firey in nature, as Mike's play-throughs of games such as Hitman tend to end up being;
    • Corazón is a sneaky roguish pirate who tends to prefer using the stealth route as much as possible, as Andy does in his video game playthroughs, and Andy has a fondness for pirates;
    • Dob is an amiable type with a musical streak, as is Luke (he plays the "Show of the Weekend" theme). He's also a bard, and tends to draw on stories; many of Luke's quizzes for Ellen on "Show of the Weekend" involve taking her through a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story that he's devised.
  • Bad Boss:
    • The Chuul in "Fishmas Carol" isn't overly concerned about its underlings wellbeing.
    • Liliana is in the running for "worst employer in the Kingdom of G'eth", shown when she has an underling prepared for Organ Theft for bringing her a message. She then murders a load of brawling minions, rather than make any attempt at talking them down.
  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • M. Channail's potions in the first session do this; he sells them as a phony cure-all.
    • In Plunder Siege, Dob turns a brigand into a goblin by slipping a Tome of Eldritch Lore into said brigand's stew.
    • In "Exhibition Impossible", Egbert acquires a cursed mace that has a chance of turning anyone it hits into an animal. Egbert's first attempt to use it is on its previous owner and spends an indeterminate amount of time prodding the man with the mace until he turns into a seal.
  • Bears Are Bad News: On leveling up, Merilwen's new animal form turns out to be a massive bear. This comes as rather an unpleasant surprise to both the cultists who discover this trope first hand and Corazón, who is next to Merilwen when she suddenly transforms and freaks out at having a massive violent bear suddenly materialize next to him in place of a wood-elf.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The loophole skeletons first introduced in "Stop Hammer Time" run on this trope. Johnny planned for them to fulfill wishes of their owner horribly. In follow-up commentary, Johnny discusses the usage of the trope in storytelling.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While Dob, Egbert, and Merilwen are mostly kind-hearted people, when push comes to shove, they're capable of fighting as evidenced in their fight with Corazón's former pirate crew.
    • Merilwen in particular is this incarnate, being a cute, kindhearted druid who, over the course of the "Quiet Riot" session, proved to be a scarily effective killer. Ellen's had to remind everyone that despite being nice, she's actually a neutral character not strictly good.
  • Black Comedy: Prudence's whole schtick, but an impressive number of jokes manages to come out of the "loophole skeletons", who, when given a wish to reconstruct "an orphanage filled with orphans", make the orphanage using the orphans as the building mortar.
    Dob: Let's fix this before something bad happens.
    Merilwen: We sort of already did that. Can we get them out of the building.
    Dob: I think we'll need a sponge.
  • Blood for Mortar: In one campaign titled Hammer Time, Luke's character Dob instructs a group of skeletons to build an orphanage, which they do - by using the orphans as the mortar.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Not so much in a literal sense (although her relationship with Cthulhu has some echoes of this), but in personality; despite being a phenomenonally powerful tiefling warlock, Prudence frequently acts with the personality of a stroppy teenager.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Dob offers to use a disguise kit on Corazón, and offers him the choice of Spiderman, a tiger, or a spidertiger.
  • Bullying the Dragon: The Oxventurers except Merilwen get very snarky with the wizard Binbag, as he only ever appears after they dealt with the situation and doesn't seem to actually do any magic. Then he releases all the locked animals at once.
  • Burn the Witch!: A young girl in "Hunter Pressure" looks like this, about to be burned at the stake. It's actually a trap to lure in unsuspecting do-gooder adventurers.
  • Busman's Holiday: It is quite common for the Oxventurer's to plan some sort of relaxing thing only to be dragged into an adventure. "Wild Wild Woods" happens during a planned picnic, "A Spot of Bother", "An Orc-ward Encounter", "A Fishmas Carol", "Bad Chair Day", "Spell Check", and "Rolling in the Deeps" begin during a night of drinking, avoiding You All Meet in an Inn.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Merilwen tends to get picked on by Corazón and Prudence because of her love of nature and animals.
    • In the second live show, Alfred the quest giver accompanies the team on the quest, but they mostly forget he's there except when they're making jokes about sending him in first to test for traps.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Egbert carries a mace that he prefers to wield like a baseball bat. One time he is able to whack a goblin so hard its head comes off, and the second time, he hits a bomb into the gob of a giant beetle monster.
  • Cartoon Bomb: The prop bomb Mike uses is a black sphere with a string fuse coming out the top and BOMB painted on the side.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Suffice it to say the tone can shift from comedic to tragic and dramatic, then back again with very little warning.
  • Character Derailment: Complained about by Johnny in-universe. Alfred the Archaeologist was meant to be a prideful and hyperactive academic but the Oxventurers ended up making him more like an infant.
  • Church Militant: Even by the standards of paladins, Egbert; apparently his entire religious order is based very heavily around making things explode. This, naturally, results in tension with the "shushy" silence-worshipping Order of Keep It Down.
  • Clone by Conversion: In "Sect Appeal" this turns out to be the cultist's plan; rather than grow Egbert clones from scratch, they're going to inject townsfolk with a serum to transform them into them.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Merilwen notices something unsettling about the forest they've chosen to picnic in. Her fellow Oxventurers are somewhat less perceptive.
    Merilwen: I think there's something terribly horribly wrong, guys.
    Corazón: Oh my God, she's right. There's no cheese for the sandwiches!
    Egbert: No one's cut the crusts off mine!
    Prudence: This potato salad has pineapple in it!
  • Compelling Voice:
    • Merilwen can command animals (and speak with them using a class feature). She often uses this ability for violence.
    • Prudence, as a tiefling, knows the thaumaturgy cantrip, which gives her a Voice of the Legion (and glowing eyes, to boot) terrifying enough to usually scare people into doing what she asks.
    • Egbert can command people to do what he wants. He uses this ability in both helpful ways (Making a guard shout in "Quiet Riot!" and break the rules of his own religion) and ways that are just...well, bizarre.
    Egbert: I'm gonna command [the retreating enemies] all to vomit.
  • Crossover: The Oxventurers' Dungeon Master; Johnny Chiodini, starred in a list video on Xtra titled: 7 Ways D&D Players Destroy Their DM's Plans, a first for the channels' as nobody but Andy, Luke, Jane, Mike or Ellen host list videos. The video has Johnny voice their many frustrations at the Oxventurers that they have endured as their DM, such as taking unrelated tangents, picking up on clues too early, and being asked hyper-specific questions you cannot reasonably answer, among other things.
  • Critical Failure: Johnny tends to use the "automatic failure" rolls of a 1 to come up with some pretty spectacular fails. In a random sampling:
    • Egbert is trying to perceive something in a dense fog, and finds a a cartwheeling turtle wearing a mask. Egbert chases it and tackles a barrel...that's full of urine.
    • Dob rolls a critical fail trying to explain to Amelia her adoptive father's treachery. She immediately stands up and rings an alarm bell.
    • Dob observes his fantastically constructed orphanage and beams with pride...missing the fact that it's covered in blood from all the orphans that were turned into the mortar to build it.
    • Prudence attempts to scry a group of odd cultists going out for a bachelor party...And immediately starts ominously chanting along with them.
    • Both Egbert and Dob roll a critical failure when trying to stay warm while climbing a mountain. This leads Dob to cast Heat Metal on Egbert's breastplate while he is wearing it.
    • Corazón investigates some footprints...and smacks right into a tree.
    • Prudence misses with her Eldritch Blast so badly it destroys the roof of the building she's in at the time.
  • Critical Hit: Likewise, Johnny tends to use the "automatic success" rolls of 20 to get some pretty epic successes, even beyond a normal critical hit. Some involve:
    • Dob rams the Final Boss on the pirate ship, causing him to slip, fall over the railing, and get eaten by a whale.
    • Corazón evading a wall trap by dancing the Hurdy Gurdy, and Egbert using Arrow Catch to get the arrows mid-flight.
    • Egbert attempts to intimidate and/or incapacitate a guard by slamming him against the iron bars of a jail cell. Instead, somehow, Egbert pulls him through the bars.
    • Prudence practically turns into liquid shadow to eavesdrop on some thieves.
    • Prudence finds a rare book she was looking for in a haunted library, only for her to realize dice roll she thought was an 8 was actually a 20. Instead of finding one book, she finds two. And they are dog-like.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The Oxventurers are quite good at inflicting these. It's accidental about half the time (except for Prudence).
    • Subverted with the pirates, since they are cursed to come back to life in two years, but they were defeated quite messily. To wit, Prudence horribly disembowels one after blasting him twice with Eldritch Blast, one was eaten by sharksnote  and another molested by a squid ordered by Merilwen, Dob electrocutes two and then juliennes another one, and Egbert burned two with his dragon breath.
    • The goblins from Wild Wild Woods don't fare any better. They are: Struck with an Eldritch Blast and exploded; skewered through the eye by Corazón; a tied-up and bound goblin was executed by Prudence as an interrogation tactic; another group was lit on fire by Egbert and then shocked to death by Dob; one was mauled by a bear; then Egbert strikes the last one so hard with his mace the goblin is instantly decapitated.
    • The unfortunate silence cultists who investigate the noise the Oxventurers make inside the church in "Quiet Riot!". Thanks to a grease-slippery floor and a cantrip involving magic spikes, they end up being what can only be described as minced.
    • The enemies fought in "Plunder Siege" mostly die before they can even get a shot off, but M. Channail gets the worst of it: Dob curses him to laugh uncontrollably with Hideous Laughter, Prudence adds crying to the mix with a Vicious Mockery, and Egbert incinerates him via divine smite and fire breath.
    • In "Peak Performance", Vex suffers a nasty (if well-deserved) Rasputinian Death: He's smacked, set on fire, tied up in a burning building, impaled through the foot with a red-hot rapier, and finally frozen and shattered by a white dragon.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Oxventurers generally prefer to think their way out of conflicts (see Off the Rails). But when they actually do fight anyone, it tends to be over within a round or two. This is due to a combination of the group's talent for lateral thinking, the fact that Johnny's NPCs have generally had bad luck with dice rolls (the pirates at the boathouse in A Spot of Bother had it so bad that Johnny decided they were all drunk), and the fact that the group has a fondness for Area of Effect attacks. Johnny tends to get caught a bit flat-footed by how quickly the foes get dispatched. During the Christmas charity special, Johnny's notes reveal that they need to come up with a boss that lasts for longer than one round.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: None of the Oxventurers had what you would call a happy life. Dob's parents weren't around so he was left to be raised by her sister who then disappeared after she went to look for help when Dob contracted rabies. Prudence was a foundling child who ended up being adopted by a warlock and was exposed to Fantastic Racism as a teenager. Corazón's childhood is sparse on details but evidently his dad was a bit of a dick. Merilwen bonded and subsequently outlived a cat. Egbert is implied to have a rough life before he joined a Paladin order, from which he was subsequently expelled.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The fact that the Oxventurers Guild is composed of some very sarcastic members has been noted by several NPCs.
  • Did Not Think This Through: The characters tend to have a bit of a blind-spot in thinking through the consequences of their actions, to the extent that the motto of their guild is "Everyone Should Have Thought About Everything".
  • Double Meaning: During "Hog Wild", Dob, thanks to a terrible roll, ends up losing his lute and all of his clothes. Corazón invokes this by saving the G-string: which is both a skimpy item of clothing and an actual string used for a lute. He plays with those meanings through the adventure.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first session, "The Spicy Rat Caper" looks very different than the following campaigns: The title wasn't a pun, the players weren't in costume, and Mike wasn't present. This was justified on the ground that none of them had ever done a tabletop experience before.
  • Epic Fail:
    • In-Universe, Merilwen is considered to have one when she trips every trip wire in a trapped hallway while as a cat.
    • Egbert throwing a bomb into the sea also gets him a fair amount of ribbing.
  • Escort Mission: Snarked by Luke when Johnny mentions an archaeologist who wants to go with the party to a crypt.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Corazón might be a ruthless pirate, but even he's taken aback by Prudence's bloodthirsty willingness to use Eldritch Blast at every given opportunity. He's also not a bigot; in "Elf Hazard" he burns down an elf elder's home for displaying Fantastic Racism pointed at Prudence.
    • Prudence herself is taken aback by what a bastard Corazón's father is.
    • In "Unreal Estate", Prudence is the one who sarcastically points out that Corazón's plan for selling the Haunted House is basically to feed people into the meat grinder until they find one who lives long enough to hand over the money.
  • Evil Twin: In the second live show, the climactic battle is against an evil duplicate of Dob the bard, the first party member to touch the MacGuffin, who has all the original's stats and abilities, with significantly more hit points.
  • Exact Words: Egbert discusses this in the "Out of Order" campaign when using his Command spell on Jacques Darkfall. He remarks that he wants to assist the party but not kill Darkfall, so if he says something like "disarm", Jacques might disarm one of the Oxventurers. And so, he picks "disrobe" because it can't be twisted, and it will lower Jacques's armor class. Both Merilwen and Corazón remark that he could just say "surrender", but then Egbert responds by saying he did that in another adventure so he's sticking with disrobe.
  • Face Palm: Corazón's hands seem permanently glued to his face during their "battle" with the Owlbear.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Egbert, due to his negative Wisdom modifier, tends to miss important details, much to Johnny's delight.
    • In "Mind Your Manors", Corazón indulges in several rich delights including drinking fine wine and smoking cigars in the mansion the Guild must stay in for the night. Unbeknownst to him, the things he's interacting with are disgusting and horrific, i.e., drinking slime instead of wine and smoking on a finger instead of a cigar. This also happens to Merilwen, who resides in a hammock made of guts and ribs, and Egbert, who just ends up eating really poor quality meat.
  • Fantastic Racism: Prudence is very touchy about Tiefling racism and stereotyping about demon-women. The fact that she nevertheless lives up to most of these stereotypes is less of a concern to her.
  • Feed It a Bomb: In the second live show, Egbert's attempt to deal with the final monster is to force a bomb down its throat. Its belly bulges cartoonishly from the explosion.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Invoked by an audience member during "Plunder Siege". After the Oxventurers slaughtered a group of thieves, the final two ran away, in enough time for Egbert's initiative.
    Johnny: It's your move, Egbert, but they're running away so if you want to do something heinous.
    Audience Member: Hand out pamphlets!
  • Friend to All Living Things: Merilwen grew up in the woods and has a special connection with animals. Which is something that she rarely misses an opportunity to point out to the others, much to their frustration.
  • Friendship Moment:
    • When a goblin injures and mocks Merilwen, Dob urges Egbert to "punch him so hard his head comes off." Egbert is happy to oblige (with the added flourish of swinging his mace like a baseball bat to knock the goblin's head from his shoulders) which earns him a hug from Merilwen in thanks for defending her.
    • Corazon lights the house of the racist and fanatical Wood Elf elder on fire because he thought it’d make Prudence happy, which it does.
    • In "Unreal Estate", Prudence (of all people) asks how Corazón is feeling.
  • Gentle Giant: Egbert is a very pleasant and cheerful paladin who also happens to be a seven-foot dragon-man with fire breath and a lot of bombs.
  • GMPC: In addition to being "literally everyone else in the world", Johnny often sets up and depicts an outside character who tags along with the Oxventurers on their quest, although this character usually doesn't do much outside of being Mr. Exposition and futzing around in the background. Typically, the idea seems to be someone being around to keep the inexperienced (and easily-distracted) Oxventurers on track while simultaneously allowing them to be the focus of the narrative. Some notable examples include:
    • The wizard Binbag in "Wild Wild Woods!", who sends the Oxventurers on their quest and keeps popping up every so often to give them advice. Curiously, this ends up inverting the typical complaint about GMPCs, as the Oxventurers get very snarky about how Binbag doesn't seem to do much magic for an all-powerful wizard and keeps conveniently showing up after the Oxventurers have cleaned up all the threats in the vicinity.
    • Alfred Strangetide, who hires the Oxventurers in "An Orcward Encounter". He's supposed to be a rather dashing and intelligent (if naive and inexperienced) professional archaeologist, but much to Johnny's mortification once the Oxventurers get ahold of him he's turned into a literal baby. Note that this is not due to some spell, or cosmic retcon, but simply came to be due to the Oxventurers relentlessly being patronizing to the NPC in question, until even Johnny started playing along.
    Johnny: What have you done to my lovely NPC?! He was meant to be, like, the "I know everything about everything, I'm going to study this, oh this is fascinating!" Now he's just a babby!
    • Flannery, the irritating and incredibly useless mime-jester in "Quiet Riot!" who quickly inspires Corazón's undying loathing.
    • Rust-On-The-Harbor, the Cat Folk pirate, from "The Corn Ultimatium." He is actually much more capable than other NPCs, and serves a use for the battle. He's built like an assassin.
    • Averted with Hengist, their dwarf cleric, since Johnny isn't the GM for that story.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In "Quiet Riot!", the team set a trap for a bunch of cultists involving a slippery floor, and to make things a bit easier Merilwen sets up a cantrip involving spikes to weaken them a bit. Thanks to being unprepared for the nature of the spikes (specifically, that they'd keep on growing) and some unfortunate rolls, several of them end up minced to death — and they're the lucky ones. Even our heroes, no strangers to bloodlust, are utterly horrified (except for Prudence, of course).
  • Granola Girl: Merilwen, much to the annoyance of Corazón and Prudence in particular.
  • Greed: Corazón likes to steal. A lot. He's even happy when he steals a goblin's rotten squirrel lunch.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: While a sixth member is sometimes available, Johnny takes control of the character. However, Rust-On-The-Harbor, the Tabaxi, has Johnny allows the Oxventurers to use his talents in their plan. Johnny also controls Hengist in "Watch Out", which has Luke as a Guest Star Dungeon Master.
  • Guile Hero: Merilwen tends to use her wits more often than the other characters. In particular, she tricks a shady shopkeep selling a "cure-all" that polymorphs people into animals by feigning to drink it than invoking her Wild Shape to turn into a cat, so his operation would be exposed without her coming to harm.
  • Haunted House: The mansion in Necropolis-on-Sea is extremely ghost-infested and more than a little malevolent. This causes trouble when they attempt to sell it.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Poor Egbert. He's not going to find much atonement adventuring with Prudence and Corazón.
    Egbert: I feel like I lose atonement points every time [Prudence killing someone with Eldritch Blast] happens.
    • Aside from Prudence, the Oxventurers in general suffer from this; they mean well and usually try to do the right or heroic thing, but their adventures tend to collate a massive body count nevertheless.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The "Heist Society" adventure has this as the premise: Attend a party and mingle while trying to figure out the truth regarding an innocent man's Frame-Up. Later commentary from Andy referred to it as a "social stealth" type mission.
  • Hurricane of Puns: After Merilwen turns into a bear, the group proceeds to indulge in this. Ellen starts out enjoying them but grows sick of them when they interrupt her, much to the group's surprise.
    Johnny: Bearilwen.
    Andy: Why the big paws?
    Luke: You're giving me claws for concern.
    Johnny: We're all feeling pretty impatient; we just gotta grin and bear it.
    Andy: It's ursine of the times.
    Johnny: Sorry, feeling a bit grizzly.
    Andy: That was a real Kodiak moment.
    Mike: That one was top koala-ty.
    Ellen: They're not bears.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The plot of "Hunter Pressure" The guild subverts it by breaking out and slaughtering the hunters before the hunt begins.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: The Oxventurers (particularly Corazón) tend to discuss backstabbing, stealing from or otherwise screwing over the NPCs they encounter while forgetting that the NPCs are standing in close hearing range.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Prudence adopts two possessed books that she treats as dogs. She then adopts them and takes them along with her on their adventures.
  • Indy Ploy: The duelling plans to deal with two of the Guild arch-nemesises is come up with during a dinner meeting. One of them had some foreshadowingnote , but the other was pure Call-Back fuel.
  • In Harmony with Nature: Merilwen lives like this. While there are several bits of fanart that claim she is a vegan, Merilwen mentions in her backstory that she does eat meat, although she never takes more than she needs and does not waste any of it. She also tries, and fails, to convince the others of the merits of this.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Briefly, between Egbert the Dragonborn and Adhrel the Wood Elf. Though it’s not specified what they get up to after going off alone together, Adhrel was clearly smitten with Egbert’s handsome face and muscular build.
    • The sun elf barbarian from "Hunter Pressure" has a huge crush on Corazón.
    • Egbert immediately falls in love with Cecelia Dubois in "Unreal Estate", although she lets him down gently - surprisingly so, given that immediately before Egbert asks her out she had made the offer "let me leave peacefully and I won't tell anyone you're here".
    • The True Heroes of G'eth had human Curore be in a relationship with dwarf Bogheck. But they're no longer in a relationship, and it's hinted the reason was because Curore is a bookworm whereas Bogheck is the life of the party.
  • It's Personal: Initially, Merilwen is simply offended by Vex the trapper’s lazy and wasteful use of necromancy. Things take a turn when it’s revealed that Vex laid the trap she once rescued Simon from, and is now wearing Simon’s pelt as a hat. In a meta sense, Ellen is uncharacteristically quiet for the rest of the episode.
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: When kidnapped to be the "entertainment" at a party, Dob immediately offers the trope.
  • Kansas City Shuffle:
    • During "Ship Happens", a group of cultists hires the Oxventurers as a pleasure cruise, to reach an island and entertain them along the way with activities such as fireworks, magic shows, whale watching and tons of drinking. During the voyage, the guild suspects the cultists are up to something sinister because there is evil occult magic occurring at night. At the end of the voyage, it was revealed that the occult magic was actually nothing, and the entertainment during the day actually summoned an evil imprisoned stag god from beneath the sea.
    • During "Bone to Pick", the loophole skeletons get the Oxventurers to bind themselves to the hammer, forcing them to sneak back into Bumble to renew the curse on the hammer lest it destroy them.
  • Kick the Dog: Prudence summarily executes a bound goblin just to scare his squadmate into talking.
  • Killed Off for Real: M. Channail gets incinerated at the end of Plunder Siege.
  • Killed Offscreen: When approached by Binbag after defeating M.Channail's mechanical beetle, the wizard remarks that the bear who talked like Zippy was killed by the only thing deadlier than a bear: Two bears on top of each other.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • Lady Liliana notably dampens most if not all the comedy whenever she appears, with stakes getting more dramatic.
    • A smaller-scale one with Vex, who doesn't last long but notably kills the comedy singlehandedly and causes the guild to take an extended break away from adventuring.
    • Things usually get notably less funny when Corazón's father, Lord Milquetoast, shows up.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Threatened during "Rolling in the Deep," shortly after Prudence baits Corazon into opening a treasure chest full of spiders. When opening a different chest triggers a trap that makes the floor fall away, Corazon threatens to cast Feather Fall on everyone except Prudence (although he does relent).
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • During the "Wild, Wild Woods" live show, Johnny describes what Merilwen's elf ears hear:
      There's lots of strange noise in this forest. Sometimes it sounds like there are large metal carriages going overhead roughly every five minutes or so.note  Sometimes it sounds like there are voices laughing or whooping or cheering.
    • The quest-giver in the "Wild, Wild Woods" live show implores the party to "go forth, and do it swiftly, in the interests of Time". In-universe, he means that their quest will serve Time by preserving a place that will play an important role in History; in real life, it's a reference to the fact that the live show, unlike a normal session, has to be done within two hours.
    • At the beginning of the 2018 EGX Rezzed live show, Johnny mentions that the tavern they're in has a large sign on the wall saying "EGX Rezzed", which is presumed to be the name of the tavern owner, and is full of enthusiastic people (the crowd cheers).
    • Johnny's description of the utterly silent town in "Quiet Riot!" keeps being interrupted by what sounds like some fire engines passing outside, prompting them to concede that the silence is broken by "the occasional siren".
    • Towards the end of the EGX 2018 live show, the announcer warns everyone that EGX will be closing soon. Said announcer is immediately identified as Cthulhu.
  • Lost in Character: The team can find themselves dealing with this in a meta-sense. In one example, in "Quiet Riot!" the characters find themselves in a town suffering from an enforced vow of silence, prompting the group and Johnny to start whispering everything they say and do, even when they're discussing character actions. When Jane consequently says something in a normal tone of voice, everyone reacts as if there actually is some kind of enforced silence going on, to which she (slightly impatiently) responds that it can be taken as granted that her character is whispering, but Jane herself feels no need to do so as an actual person. Everyone consequently acknowledges that this is a more practical approach to take (though they do start slipping back into it later in the episode).
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: "Mind your Manors" has the haunted mansion do this to the people who stay inside it:
  • Meat-O-Vision: Discussed in party banter but ultimately parodied. When the Quest Giver Horatio mentions that he was framed for stealing a priceless gem, Corazón just keeps hearing the word "gem", and hallucinates that Horatio is just a talking gem. The other party members discuss the trope.
  • Mercy Kill: Prudence invokes this by saying she will mercy kill a pirate who is "not dead, but probably wants to" since he was reduced to one hit point by two Eldritch Blasts. But both she, and Johnny, know that Prudence doesn't know the meaning of the word.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Corazón's song at the end of "Peak Performance" has the line "and Egbert" at the end of its refrain.
  • Narration Echo:
    • Johnny: Merilwen, you immediately sense that something is terribly, horribly wrong.
      Merilwen: I think there's something terribly, horribly wrong, guys.
    • After Luke declares that his character, Dob the half-orc, is going to lick a piece of evidence:
      Johnny: It tastes like... [pauses for thought]
      Dob: Guys, it tastes like... [Luke gestures "go on"]
      Johnny: Grease...
      Dob: It tastes like grease.
      Johnny: And wood smoke...
      Dob: Wood smoke...
      Johnny: And—
      Dob: And wait, there's something else.
      Johnny: Tin.
      Dob: And — sorry, what?
      Johnny: Metal.
      Dob: And metal as well.
    • Johnny: You are pretty certain that there are no traps in this room.
      Corazón: Guys, I'm pretty certain there's no traps in this room.
    • Johnny: (after Andy fails a perception check) They thieves, they bad men.
      Corazón: Guys, guys, guys! They thieves, they bad men.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Merilwen the friend-to-all-animals elf druid has never forgiven Corazón for kicking a chicken in the first episode, and brings it up at every opportunity.
    • Similarly, no one has exactly forgotten that Dob had nearly electrocuted Merilwen in a Thunderwave. It has gotten to a point where Corazón sells tunics that say "Don't be a Dob".
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Prudence, naturally.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: The boss battle of "Peak Performance" had the necromancer trapper Vex raise a dead bear in order to fight with him. The Oxventurers, and the arrival of a dragon, prevent him from making more.
  • Noob: The team freely acknowledge (and derive much Self-Deprecation from) the fact that they are clearly inexperienced at Dungeons & Dragons in general terms, and the sessions tend to be played more for their entertainment value than for a strict adherence to the rules and gameplay. This is lampshaded in the first session when Johnny, noting that despite their experience with tabletop roleplay gaming in general they haven't played much D&D specifically, asks any hardcore D&D players in the audience to "be kind" with respect to their DMing:
    Luke: Johnny, you're not going to be the one annoying the hardcore D&D fans.
    Andy: That's fair to say.
    Jane: [Miming throwing a handful of dice in the air] Dice! Weee! Dice!
    Andy: Have you seen these dice? They've got so many sides!
    Luke: [Picking up a dice at random] I think I'll stick to the six-sided ones...
    Johnny: You're holding a d12.
    [Everyone cracks up]
  • No-Sell: Dob's Thunderwave allows a saving throw to completely ignore the effects. Merilwen does it during the Wild Wild Woods event, and both Dob and Merilwen do it again during the Orcward Encounter event.
    • Both Prudence and Egbert are fireproof, which is rather useful given the latter's weapon of choice.note 
  • Not So Above It All: Merilwen might have been horrified at the results of "Merilwen's Meatgrinder", but she's pleased when the T-shirt Corazón made of it sells out at the Thief's Market in Tanner's Folly.
  • Obviously Evil: Jane's Dungeons & Dragons character, Prudence, is a Tiefling warlock with rust red skin who made a pact with Cthulhu. Her team views this as an advantage because they know at least she isn't trustworthy.
  • Off the Rails: Something of a Running Gag in the games, especially when it comes to boss battles. On multiple occasions, Johnny has admitted that they had planned an epic battle royale against the villain for the Oxventurers to have to struggle against, only for the Oxventurers to inadvertently derail their plans and end up winning easily by coming up with an approach they didn't anticipate:
    • In the first game, a combination of the Oxventurers' unexpected skill at stealth, coupled with Johnny's in-hindsight poorly-planned decision to make the bad guy a gnome, lead them to defeat him without really needing to fight.
    • In the second, the boss fight against an entire pirate ship is thwarted when the Oxventurers use a mind-influenced whale to ram the ship, meaning that most of the crew have to deal with stopping the ship from sinking.
    • Not quite a derailing, since the fight goes ahead anyway, but a downplayed example occurs in the third game. Johnny's battle for the Oxventurers against a giant mechanical beetle was delivered a curve ball when Mike hit upon the idea of using Egbert's mace to hit one of his bombs into the beetle's mouth. The in-game rules, mechanics and logistics utterly broke Johnny's brain until they eventually gave up and ordered Mike to beat a twenty-roll to allow it... which Mike did.
    Johnny: It's almost like this party just has form in annihilating bosses.
    • In more of a character-derailing moment, in the fourth game Johnny expresses frustration that the Oxventurers take their NPC, who was supposed to be an erudite intellectual archaeologist, and gleefully turn him into a petulant baby.
    • When Johnny set them up against an Owlbear, Merilwen was able to use Speak with Animals to calm it down and convince it to leave peacefully before the fight even started.
    • Johnny has remarked at the end of "Bad Chair Day" that they'd never been derailed so hard, specifically because a minor detail blew up into a half-hour mess that accomplished nothing except to burn time and ruin a local business - particularly given that it was a convention live show and they had a time limit!
    • "Tower Rangers" had Johnny set up a tower full of enemies similar to the Bruce Lee film Game of Death. However, Prudence's Spider Climb coupled with every adventurer having 50 feet of hempen rope allowed her to scale the tower and bypass the whole thing.
    Johnny: And that's the story of how you went up the outside of the tower, because I'll never learn.
    • "Heir Superiority" quickly became derailed. Johnny accepted responsibility for this one, as "depose some twat who became a king" doesn't actually take very long.
    • "Silent Knight" derails for a few minutes when Mike casually mentions that Egbert possess Misty Step, a short-range teleport spell, causing everyone else to devolve into fits of laughter interspersed with realizations of how many times teleporting might have been able to help the Guild.
    • After Andy and Luke begin putting on bee costumes during "Tome Sweet Tome", an audience member asks Johnny if this was worse, or better, than "Bad Chair Day." It was worse.
  • Off with His Head!: Egbert clobbers a goblin with his mace so hard, the goblin's head comes off. Corazón attempts to bicycle kick the head, but falls on his face.
  • Oh, Crap!: Luke has several during the adventurers:
    • When Luke realises that the group had forgot to secure the horse and cart after they let M. Channail run free.
    • Then again in the same adventure after Prudence blows up the crypt without warning Channail's guards/workers.
    • Luke has an extremely visible "oh crap" moment after attacking a gigantic monster with the Thunderwave spell, when Johnny starts muttering calculations about the monster's size and Luke realizes that Merilwen's attack, in which she leapt onto the monster's head, means she's also within range of the spell.
      • In this case, Ellen gets there way before Luke does.
    • Several people have this reaction when Egbert stuffs a bomb into Evil Dob's mouth and is more concerned with the fuse length than the blast radius. Luke in particular makes some very exaggerated hand gestures.
  • Pals with Jesus: Great C'thulhu himself, Prudence's warlock patron, actually takes an active role in the well being of his thrall and her entourage. When he sends them on quests, he also gives them a packed lunch.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": When the team are in a crypt trying to cross a floor where the flagstones are marked with runes and must be stepped on in an order that spells a particular (unknown) word, one of the players starts referring to the "password", and Dob asks if there are the right runes to spell "password1".
  • Person as Verb: To be a "Dob" is to recklessly endanger a fellow party member. When Luke protests about this, the audience shouts that it is, indeed, a thing. By the fifth session, it's spread within the in-game world to the point where Corazón apparently has a nifty little side-line selling clothes with the phrase "Don't Be A Dob" embroidered onto them.
  • Pet the Dog: By the third session, Prudence is thoughtful enough to tell Merilwen to look away so she won't have to see the results of a particularly gruesome Eldritch Blast.
  • Phrase Catcher:
    • That damned Channail!
  • Playing with Fire: As a golden dragon-hybrid, Egbert has fire breath that he uses, although he doesn't claim to enjoy it. He also uses bombs.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: The stag lads provided an entertainment list that was completely tailored to the Oxventurer's stats: Karaoke (Dob), Magic Show (Prudence), Whale Watching (Merilwen), Dinner and Fireworks (Egbert), and Pirate Training (Corazón). Realizing this gave Ellen a fit of giggles.
  • The Power of Rock: Dob practices the "vaguely medieval fantasy realm" equivalent thereof in his combat and magical practices.
  • Precision F-Strike: Invoked by Prudence when she smites Evil Dob.
    Prudence: Evil Dob, you son of a bitch.
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: The Oxventure Guild's motto is Omnia omnibus cogitari debuit ("Everyone should have thought of everything").
  • Railroading: Invoked at times, particularly towards the end of "Plunder Siege!", when Prudence licking a grimoire somehow activates a secret passageway that takes the Oxventurers to the final confrontation straight away. Justified in this particular case as it was a live event and the venue was closing, meaning the group had to get to the final confrontation sharpish. Justified in general as the group are inexperienced at D&D and prone to tangents and distractions, meaning that Johnny has to keep them on track somehow. They're also recording the D&D campaigns for a live and/or online audience rather than just playing them purely for their own amusement, meaning that too many tangents and narratives that don't go anywhere could cause the audience to switch off.
  • Rule of Cool: Invoked by Johnny with regards to Merilwen and her cat-shapeshifting abilities; in the first episode they admit that according to the rules she shouldn't actually be able to cast that kind of spell as such a low level character, but they decided to allow it because it'd make the game more fun.
  • Running Gag:
    • In the earliest adventures, there were lots of references to the Vengabus. In general, Dob's catalogue of ballads seems to contain a surprising amount of electropop.
    • Dob nearly always ends up overly attached to the NPC companion accompanying the team on their latest adventure, outright trying to adopt some of them.
    • Eldritch Blast! Eldritch Blast!
    • "Crit! Crit! Crit! Crit! Crit!" (at any time someone rolls the maximum, whether or not it's actually a critical hit)
    • Egbert and his -1 Wisdom modifier. Due to the humor of this making natural 1s into natural 0s, Johnny tends to make Egbert's critical fails outlandishly bad.
    • Following levelling up to level 5, Corazón's Uncanny Dodge frequently comes into play, and Johnny forgets about it every time it happens.
    • A later one: Egbert never using his paladin abilities, due to to Mike rarely remembering them, which eventually morphed into "Egbert uses a paladin power he's had the whole time." It hit its peak in "Silent Knight" where he suddenly remembers he's been able to teleport for over a dozen adventures (described as "unbelievably useful"), at which point it became a regular joke.
    • Moonbeam (one of Merilwen's signature spells) supposedly being the easiest spell to use, generally at Merilwen's expense. This came out of the previous joke, as it started with Egbert randomly revealing that he could cast it, followed by the rest of the cast (and the occasional NPC) contriving ways to "prove" it's not that hard to do.
  • Schmuck Bait: Often invoked. Whenever the group is presented with an obvious trap or clearly bad choice, one of the group (usually Mike or Andy) will typically have their character try to walk straight into it for laughs - usually follows by an “I tackle them to the ground” from one of the others. This also includes Dramatic Irony situations: if half the group finds out that they shouldn’t do something but the other half doesn’t know in-universe, their players will typically intentionally go all in on doing the said thing, as characters don’t know about.
  • Self-Deprecation: Ellen's reflection after the "Orc-ward Encounter"
    Commenter: Johnny: The DM everyone wants, but no one deserves.
    Ellen: Hey, we're deserve...oh wait, no we don't.
  • Shaped Like Itself: The pub in Tanner's Folly is described as "pubby".
  • Shout-Out:
    • A running joke is Luke, as Dob the bard, throwing in pop culture references casually handwaved as in-universe legends or ballads.
    • The second live show, in which the team are recruited by an archaeologist to help recover a magical chalice, features multiple shout-outs to the Indiana Jones franchise in general and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in particular, both from the GM and from the players.
    • Unintentionally. When Johnny remarks that the boss of the animals in the forest is a giant mechanical stag beetle, Mike immediately assumes it's one to Wild Wild West.
      Egbert: [after the beetle is defeated] Is Kenneth Branagh inside?
      Johnny: Everyone, I'm so sorry, I didn't see this coming.
    • During the "Wild Wild Woods" segment, Merilwen decides she's going to talk to a bear with her Speak with Animals ability. Johnny tries to think how a bear sounds, and Mike tells him to speak like Bungle from Rainbow.note  However, Johnny can only remember how Zippy sounds, so he gives the bear Zippy's voice.
  • Signature Move: Prudence's is Eldritch Blast. Dob's is Thunderwave. Egbert's is his fire breath. Corazón's is hiding.
    Prudence: [whenever asked what's she's going to do] I warm up the Eldritch Blast!
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Corazón is this, according to Andy.
    Andy: He's basically a stupid pirate who hangs around with druids and dragonborn and thinks he's the coolest of the bunch because he's got a nice hat and coat.
  • So Proud of You: Prudence is very proud of all the murdering the group has done in "Quiet Riot!"
  • Soapbox Sadie: Merilwen can get very self-righteous when it comes to messing with nature and animals and the like, much to everyone else's frustration.
  • Spanner in the Works: Luke and especially Mike tend to troll their teammates by having their characters unexpectedly take actions that the others aren't prepared for or just doing outright foolish things, meaning that everyone has to work around the nonsensical chaos they leave in their wake. Luke, for instance, spent one game trolling Andy by having Dob actively waste and throw away as much of their gold as possible.
  • Starter Villain: The villain of the first session, M. Channail the Relatively Poor Druid, thinks he's (and was possibly intended to be) the group's Arch-Enemy, seeking revenge on them for foiling his enterprises in the Spicy Rat Caper and Wild Wild Woods. In Plunder Siege, Prudence begs to differ. The fact that he gets Killed Off for Real a few seconds later cements him as this.
    Prudence: (using vicious mockery): You're ''basic'', M. Channail.
  • Super Weight:
    • Type -1: The Spicy Rat, Erasmus Symes, Prudence when de-aged to a baby (still had some arcane magic, but no control over it), flumphs
    • Type 0: Eroan, Merilwen's parents, Robin, Simon, Lord Milquetoast, Duke Kabayo, Professor Shoelacey, the Stag Lads, Alfred Strangetide (before he became a baby), Davey, Chet and Wills (physically strong but not much else), Miss Ashridge
    • Type 1: Corazón at the start, Victor Dietrich in his prime, trained guards and soldiers, physically fit brigands, stronger wild animals such as bears, Furio, Jacques Darkfall, Rust on the Harbour, McCluskey,
    • Type 2: Dob, Egbert and Merilwen at the start, the Joyful Damnation crew when cursed, Corazón after levelling up to level 3 and then 5, Orbo, Owlsworth the owlbear, undeveloped/flawed Egbert clones, M. Channail, bulezals, Bismuth possibly, Hengist
    • Type 3: Prudence from the beginning, Evil Dob, the Giant Stag Beetle, Efelfrith's Chosen (especially combined), Merilwen from "Quiet Riot" onwards, Egbert and Dob from "Out of Order" onwards, Vex, Sully, developed Egbert clones, mindflayers
    • Type 4: adult dragons, Cthulhu at minimum, Wizard Binbag, Ladsencalder, possibly Lady Liliana
  • Surfer Dude: The "bro-st", who talks exactly like one.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Corazón's introduction to the rest of the team can basically be summed up as him saying "I'm an amazing pirate who doesn't have a mysterious past that will come back to haunt him, stop asking about it."
    • A couple sessions later, he introduces himself to the audience as "a legitimate aquatic businessman—why, what have you heard?"
  • Took a Level in Badass: It’s a Dungeons & Dragons campaign, so it happens quite literally.
    • It’s noted by Johnny at the start of "Quiet Riot!" that they had accidentally neglected to level the party up previously, so they wind up jumping from Level 1 to Level 3 - meaning everyone got to decide on archetypal features for their classes.
      • Corazón becomes an Arcane Trickster, gaining access to Enchantment & Illusion magic.
      • Dob joined the College of Valor, becoming more proficient in martial combat & being able to inspire his allies in combat. He also gains access to Level-2 spells.
      • Egbert takes the Oath of the Ancients, gaining access to more nature themed spells & abilities.
      • Merilwen joined the Circle of the Moon, allowing her to turn into more powerful animals & do so as a bonus action rather than an action. She also gained her first Level-2 spells.
      • Prudence gains a Book of Shadows thanks to her Pact of the Tome, giving her additional cantrips. She also gained her first Eldritch Invocations, and her pact magic increased to Level-2 spells.
    • Happens again after the events of "Spell Check", when they jump from level 3 to level 5, resulting in stat increases and new spells for everyone.
    • Upon returning from hiatus in 2021, the Oxventurers went from level 7 to 8.
  • Take That!:
    • "Out of Order" takes a jab at search results having sponsored ads that are not relevant to what one is searching for.
    • It's no coincidence that the "Bone to Pick" arc had Johnny direct the Guild towards a series of flumphs, their least favourite creature in D&D by a considerable margin.
  • Team Pet: Dob tends to treat the people he puts into his papoose as a pet. But in "Mind your Manors" the team gets two demonic books bound in human hide that act like dogs. Unsurprisingly, they are Prudence's familiars.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Dob is called "Deathwish Dob" and often undertakes a variety of crazy endeavors, such as sleeping in a crow's nest without a safety harness, or strapping a one-man band act to himself while adventuring to a place with a slumbering evil that no one should wake.
    • Drumsticks, the guard in "Epic Jail", really should have picked a better cellmate to beat up than a cannibal who murdered sixty prisoners.
  • To the Pain: Prudence gets very descriptive with her Agonizing Blast:
    Prudence: I look at him in the eyes for a brief split second before the pilot light in my hands goes up [...] and I join hands and becomes a ball lightning but a scary ball lightning like blue and purple. It has a suggestion of a Cthulhu's face. And then I hurl it like a Hadouken, like an arcane Hadouken across the room. And it engulfs him and you can see just for a second the infinite pain before his blood just boils and his flesh melts from his bones. And then he atomises like that bit in Terminator 2: Judgment Day where she's holding on the fence and the nuclear blast. Is he dead?
  • Token Evil Teammate: Prudence is the only teammate who is truly evil; Dob and Egbert are good, whereas Corazón and Merilwen are more neutral.
  • Token Religious Teammate: Egbert, as a Paladin, is very excited about the good news. Unfortunately, he's with Dob, Corazón, and Prudence.
    Merilwen: Look, I've been trying to work them on the nature thing, and even that's difficult.
  • Trail of Bread Crumbs: When navigating a maze that's laced with mines, Merilwen, in octopus form, leaves a trail of ink for the Joyful Damnation to follow.
  • The Unfettered: Johnny, the DM, who has to put up with the crazy antics of the group. Particularly Egbert.
  • Verbal Tic: Cat-Merilwen has a habit of punctuating her dialogue with the occasional "maow" (sic), to establish "still here, still a cat."
  • Violation of Common Sense: Corazón disguising himself as a fictional creature, Egbert hitting a lit hand grenade like a baseball, Dob slipping a Tome of Eldritch Lore into an opponent's stew... this is pretty much their M.O. Part of why Johnny keeps getting confounded by the Oxventurers is that they keep successfully doing things that shouldn't be able to work.
    • Lampshaded in one instance by Corazón where Dob states throwing Merilwen as a cat to a first-story window with a rope attached to her wouldn't make opposed to his plan of throwing Merilwen as a cat to a first story window so she could fire a rope arrow back to them.
  • Wall Jump: Corazón's method of escaping the pit and arrow traps. Bonus points for doing the Hurdy-Gurdy while he does it.
  • When All You Have is a Hammer…:
    • Prudence's answer to every problem is violence. Either (usually) Eldritch Blast, or with a stiletto knife. When a tied-up goblin stammers that two of his friends were killed, Prudence kills a third just to show she means business.
      Prudence: What are you doing, Corazón? Just kill him and be done with it.
    • Egbert is only better in the sense that he has three solutions of violence rather than Prudence's two: Smash something with his mace, breathe fire on it, or explode it with a bomb. However, he has taken to using his bombs in ways that shouldn't even work, such as using a bomb to propel himself over a wall rather than just blowing the wall up with said bomb.
    • In a less explosive/messy sense, Merilwen's go-to question for every problem the Oxventurers are faced with seems to be "will me turning into a cat help solve this?"
  • With Friends Like These...: The group works together, but they're more than willing to let others take the fall for their amusement.
    • Prudence reads an infernal trap on a treasure chest that tells her: "Full of spiders, do not open." She then promptly tells Corazón it's full of treasure. He opens it and gets covered in spiders.
  • Wretched Hive: The town of Otherway, as visited in "Court in the Act", is so named because the law is inclined to look the other way when crime is committed. Though some public officials claim to be tough on crime, they're happy to be seen that way while really doing little to improve the situation. It's not uncommon for show trials to take place framing innocent people in place of established criminals, and if said trial might look like it's about to go wrong, the local mafia are more than happy to murder the judge in broad daylight and threaten the jury with the same.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • Invoked by an audience member during the "Wild Wild Woods" live event. When Dob fires off a Thunderwave to attack the giant mechanical stag beetle, forgetting that Merilwen is on the creature, he tries to play it off as the monster being big enough that she could avoid it. However, the audience member shouts that since the creature is made of metal, the electricity would conduct and Merilwen would be hit regardless.
    • Played for Laughs when discussed by Johnny during "Spell Check." Egbert's flame breath allows for a Dexterity saving throw to avoid its effect. When using it on prison bars, Johnny resolves that they don't get this throw, since if the prison bars could avoid something, they wouldn't be doing their job.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: The second live show begins with the team going for a drink in a tavern and noticing that one of the other patrons has a sign advertising for adventurers. Andy lampshades that they could just ignore him, but that then the rest of the show would probably be very dull and uneventful.

  • Affably Evil:
    • Kasimir Jones is a career criminal, but also very personable to the gang and most strangers.
    • Bazso Baz is a crime lord who admits he's murdered many people and revels in being a criminal, but he also dearly loves his daughter and her new wife.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • As Barnaby begins to prove himself, Kasimir goes from calling him insulting nicknames to addressing him by the more familiar “Barney.”
    • Edvard calls Kasimir “old man,” and calls Lilith “old girl” when reassuring her that he won’t tell anyone about her demonic heritage.
  • Artificial Human: Edvard is making a wonderful mechanical man that, at least at first blush, looks similar to Edvard himself. However, it can only beg for death, which is treated as a mild annoyance.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Barnaby is the first of the party to kill anyone, albeit by accident.
  • The Caper: Act II is treated as one of these, in which one of Kasimir's contacts want the gang to break into the Dimmer Sister's vault. Episodes beforehand deal with getting the blueprints to the custom made lock, dealing with a demon enthralled by the sisters, researching an escape plan, enlisting the aid of a distraction, and finally, preventing a rival gang who stole all of the plans.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In the Christmas Special, three ghosts attempt to teach an old miser the error of his ways, but he repeatedly fails to learn the correct lessons from the examples he's shown. Even when confronted with the vision of his lonely and unattended grave, he's pleased, because that's exactly what he wants: a large headstone and regular maintenance would be foolish extravagance.
  • Darker and Edgier: Though there is still plenty of humour, the overall tone is more grim than the standard Oxventure.
  • Dissimile: In the episode featuring crime boss Bazso Baz, Luke narrates that Baz's reputation paints him as a kind of Robin Hood figure, if Robin Hood occasionally did really horrible things... and robbed from the poor as well as the rich... and kept all the money himself... so, basically, like Robin Hood but without any of Robin Hood's actual defining features.
  • Gargle Blaster:
    • Edvard's drink of choice while at university was a snakebite and blacknote  with an Aftershock depth chargenote .
    • In the Season 2 finale, Barnaby finds a bottle of what he's told is gin. After he drinks it, he finds out it was actually a "djinn."
  • Interclass Friendship: Lilith is a foreign noblewoman, Barnaby is an upperclass gentleman, Edvard's family were prosperous merchants, Zillah is a working-class prizefighter, and Kasimir is a career criminal.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Dimmer Sisters noticeably drain comedy (albeit not entirely) and up the horror elements considerably, even before they kidnap and torture Barnaby and some other people.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: In the Christmas Special, the miserly Evan "The Geezer" Screws frequently asserts that "a fool and his [noun] are soon [consequence]".
  • Once per Episode: In every episode Barnaby takes place in, his coat is ruined in some fashion. From being dipped in sewage to being covered in leviathan distillate, and more.
  • With Friends Like These...: Barnaby is not popular with the others, to say the least. This changes a little bit as he works with the others.
  • When All You Have is a Hammer…: Blades tends to emphasize this, as experience is gained by the character solving problems in a particular way.
    • Zillah's solution to all of her problems is punching and other violence. When sneaking into Amodeus Astor's factory, she asks if there's a punching department.
    Zillah: Cut back to me, I'm choking out a guard with my thighs.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: In the Christmas Special, the clock strikes twelve just as the first ghost arrives — and again when the second ghost arrives, and again when the third ghost arrives. Lampshaded by Luke, who notes that it was already well past midnight the first time.
  • Wretched Hive: Volisport is possibly worse than Otherway, with corrupt and brutal law enforcement, multiple abusive industrial heads, gangs running rife and, to make matters worse, the added complication of ghosts running rampant.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: In the Christmas Special, Lilith and Edvard are hired by Evan "The Geezer" Screws to protect him from three ghosts who are coming on Crimsnight Eve to show him the error of his ways. The familiarity of the plot is lampshaded multiple times, including in a running gag of each ghost mentioning that they have several other misers to get through before the night is over.
  • You Mean "Xmas": According to the Christmas Special, the big solstice festival in Volisport is Crimsnight, in which families gather together and exchange presents as an evolution of an older festival in which burglary was rampant and families huddled together to defend their homes.


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